Monday, April 5, 2010

Oh Gee

I was reading this morning's New York Times when I stumbled across an article about our favourite pint-sized blogging wonderkid, Scott Schuman. Young Schuman has a number of interesting things to say about the internet, the medium which has made him famous in some circles. “Now everyone feels the Internet is a free-for-all,” he said, while presumably munching on his bag of candy whilst taking a break from riding the Brand New Red Bike he received for Christmas. What Master Schuman doesn't understand is that the internet, well, is a free for all. I'm well over the age of youngsters such as him and even I understand that. Besides that- I find his lack of humor disturbing. The article refers to a site called the "Fake Sartorialist" which parodies the outfits- mostly old men- shown on young Scott's blog. He is upset with this, because his photos are high art and are not to be parodied, satirized, or anything like that. The internet is not a free for all! It is a venue for Scott Schuman to show his high art! And perhaps photos of his Brand New Bike. My butler told me that if you hurry, you can catch Scott and some of his pals playing basketball at the local court (beside Mrs. Brown's house). Afterwards they intend on watching Star Wars and talking about girls they have crushes on.

24 comments:

G. Baller said...

Hysterical! NOTHING is funnier than a blogger who takes himself to seriously.

Nana said...

Oh NO. We must not mock high art.

AFitz said...

I hate how people are so against the democratization of fashion via blogging. Why shouldn't everybody be able to express themselves? I mean, so long as they aint spouting hate speech or doing anything illegal I don't see a problem - it's not like we're going to run out of internets if too many people start using it (I hope). If you don't like the way a person writes, don't read their blog - problem solved!!!!

blukats said...

It's too bad Scott doesn't like getting free publicity. Seriously, as you know, if a person doesn't want to be critized or mocked they need to stay out of the limelight.

I wonder what the humans who had their photos taken have to say about all this?

blukats said...

Oh, and it's not like Scott is the one dressing all these people in the photos he takes. Where is he giving credit to the designers and models with each of his photos?

S. Kahlon said...

Oh jeez, Scott. I'm glad the internet was a free-for-all until you were not one of the "all" anymore. As soon as that happened, the internet became an elite and expensive tool to be used only by those with refined taste and exquisite talent. Which explains all of the Pam Anderson fan sites, doesn't it?

My Name Is Maia said...

Absoutly hysterical karl!!! the things people do today on the internet, it should not be free for all.

Davidikus said...

To the credit of the Sartorialist, his pictures are miles above those of other street-style photographers. He has a good understanding of photography and a great eye, for style first and for pictures.

It's never nice to see you work defaced. What would Karl say if someone lacerated his clothes and wore them like that?

On the other hand, it is true that parody is the most sincere form of flattery... He probably could have taken the joke better!

Do you know whether real Karl likes fake Karl?

http://davidikus.blogspot.com/

Fury said...
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Fury said...

@AFitz, as the article states, using someone's photos is skirting the law of copyright - but I don't think that is what upset Schuman

I agree with Davidkus. I think Schuman's reaction is largely grounded in a protective feeling towards the subjects of his photos.

They are, after all, the ones whose image is being tampered with and he has close relationships with some of his subjects. As a result he may well feel that he has put his friends in the line of fire.

How would Da Vinci have reacted to Duchamps rendition?

adrienne said...

HA. much agreed. thanks karl.

snoblak said...

Ok if the Fake Sartorialist was using Scott's images and churning them into his own masterpieces without permission I can understand him being pissed off. Let's face it, if somebody was using images from my blog and my name in some sort of parody, I'd want to punch the tosser in the face. But saying the internet is not a free-for-all. Please. NEVER. GONNA. HAPPEN. Until China owns google the internet is a free for all.

stacey kelly said...

love his blog, obvs, but yeah... you summed the situation up perfectly. and im SO bored of people insulting tavi as well. namely fashion editors. (probably afraid of losing their jobs)

Lisa Petrarca said...

Bloggers have the freedom of using any name, idea, thought etc. That is the joy of blogging.

I must admit that I do enjoy Scott's Blog as one who never gets to travel & see fashion outside of the "Orange County, CA Curtain." Which needless to say is limited to t-shirts, shorts & of course the "must have" flip flops.

Fashion on the street gives me a sense of escaping to another place & time.

With that having been said, I think Scott should take it as a compliment that others are copying him. If his pictures are his art...the "Fake Sartorialist" could never compare.

Just my two sense on the matter...I know you were waiting to hear what I had to say, right?

Will-Liam said...

...rules and regulations have never given birth to creation...he belongs in a stale art galleries with his pants down so the world can kiss his ass.The way he likes it. Silly little man with a lot of talent but no humor.

amandakatarina said...

Karl,

I hate to point out the obvious...but you REALLY need to change your blog settings, I mean who are all these "commenters" (present company excluding)?
I concur...the internet SHOULD not be free, I mean really what did "opening up to the public", do for anyone? These people are publicly urinating all over your words...
Privileges such as opinions and thoughts, should stay as such.

arkasha said...

have you seen this: http://1812overture.tumblr.com/post/522482068/karl-lagerfeld-for-coca-cola - karl lagerfeld for coca cola?

pd said...

Nun ja, wer sollte denn für's Internet die Krieterien für Qualität aufstellen?
Schlussendlich gewinnt der Markt, die Aufmerksamkeit. Ist ja irgendwie wie in der Mode . . .

kirstyb said...

ha ha this made me giggle xxx

Fay said...

My opinion of The Sartorialist has just lowered. Albeit an ignorant opinion - but what does Schuman do, really? Take pictures of people prancing about in their designer clothes, looking brooding and intelligent. There's only so much joy I can get out of seeing hundreds upon hundreds of people that are richer than me.
And it's not high art. It's photography. Sorry.

ieatfashionforbreakfast said...

Karl that is a very generous and democratic view you take, but what happens when this newfound internet "free for all" causes us to run out of the internet? What then Karl?

m. said...

thanks for that.

amalia said...

Vous êtes un Grand Monsieur, je suis en totale admiration envers tout ce que vous faites!!! continuez à nous faire rever!!!je vous souhaite tout le meilleur!!!

Kali Venable said...

haha Great post, I love your blog, whom ever you may be!



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