Most blogs continuously use various sources of media to enhance the overall blog; whether it be a photo for the header, the blog’s background, or a photo or video to add to a blog post. Whatever the media use may be, the first place I would think to look for a source would be on a Google search. For one of our first class assignments for our blogs we were instructed to do an advanced Google search for an image for our header…many images were made available to use, but the main thing we look to now is were the images credible, and how do you give adequate credit for using an image that is essentially not “yours”? On this assignment, along with using the photo of our choice as a header, we also had to give the photo source credit in our About sections saying “header image borrowed from…”
This is where this week’s assignment comes in. Instead of a Google search, we were asked to use the Creative Commons search engine which provides credible sources of media through a variety of platforms (Flickr, Google Images, YouTube, etc). I had no idea this search engine, but it is actually extremely helpful in the world of “online sharing.” Since this is a blog all about yummy food, I just typed “food” into the search engine and decided to use Flickr as a source platform, figuring I would find the most results on that. And that’s where I found this lovely picture of colorful, delicious macaroons…perfect. According to the Fair Use Checklist we were provided with, reasons to support my use of this media image on my blog are the following: nonprofit educational institution use and purpose (class assignment), borrowed images are used in small quantities and appropriate for educational purpose, etc.