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Integrity: Some-Animals-Are-More-Equal-Than-Others Edition
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Some time ago, I tracked down a surviving copy of Ralph Steadman’s fairly obscure 1995 illustrations for George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Last week, I spent time scanning and restoring the images, then wrote about the edition with the appropriate background and context. 
Three days later, Buzzfeed, the vermin on of the internet – or, for a more context-appropriate metaphor, the pigs of the internet – stripped the images of context and reposted them, without credit, as an ad-infested listicle nestled among their usual fare of ethically repugnant “sponsored content.”

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If this seems like an extreme reaction, there’s something to be said for the blend of anguish and fury that comes with investing eight years of your life into a labor of love, only to see it systematically stolen by greedy thieves who feel they are more equal than others.

The most tragicomic irony? In my original piece, I also included an excerpt from, and a note on the timeliness of, Orwell’s unpublished preface to the book, in which he discusses the failures of integrity in journalism.
This is a rant, yes, but also a reminder – a reminder that our attention is a gift to be given thoughtfully, that we shape our own media universe, its ideals and its promises, through what we choose read and share. We can do better than to give Buzzfeed and its ilk that gift.
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    Perfect retort to Buzzfeed
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