Hello. Good day.
This map has been going around the internet. You’ve probably seen it posted with a headline like “Here is your state’s favorite band.”
But this map does not show what your state’s favorite band is. It does not purport to show what your state’s favorite band is. This map shows what band or musical artist people in your state like to listen to more than people in other states.
The man behind the map, Paul Lamere, gathered streaming data by zip code and then built an app that let’s you compare the most distinct tastes by region. Pretty cool!
For example, according to the map, people in Idaho are way more likely to listen to Tegan and Sara than people in the rest of the United States.
This does not mean, however, that Tegan and Sara is the most popular band in Idaho. What is the most popular band/musical artist in Idaho? I have no idea.
Tom Petty was pretty popular when I was growing up there, but that was years ago. Who knows? These misleading headlines are not the map’s fault.
The map is good. The map is cool. The map shows where in the country you are most likely to run into someone with the same somewhat peculiar music taste as you. (This Map Does Not Show What Your State’s Favorite Band Is)
Could you kindly place quote marks/blocks around the content you are “quoting” from other publications, in this case, the great Mother Jones? Sourcing it in parenthesis does not adequately reflect that you in fact, did not write it.
EDIT: I did send a fan mail to Newsweek about this earlier, to which I received this head-scratcher:
"The plugin we’ve been using lately doesn’t allow for that but we do edit them in when requested."
Well, being “Newsweek” with all that it entails, I think you probably should be “editing” it 100% of the time, to ensure proper attribution, instead of excusing it as a “plugin” issue and only doing the right thing by request. No?
Newsweek: "Honestly it depends on the post, the author and the contributor. We post approximately 20x a day, some of which are sourced in the way you’d like, some which aren’t."
In all fairness, they have updated this post in blockquotes AND added MotherJones to the link. But.
What say you, Tumblr? Do we not expect Newsweek to place quotes around content it’s quoting from another publication, every. single. time? Or should their readership be satisfied that “some” are sourced in the way we’d like? Is it merely a matter of “taste,” this attribution bizwax?