Tuesday, January 05, 2010
So this makes two rather shocking screen grabs in one day today - the last one about jumping from the low 40s to number 11 in the Top 100 authors at Seeking Alpha and what you see below from Business Insider which, as I discovered about half way through the screen grab process, can be embedded here just by copying a little code.
Gee... where have I seen this chart before?
Regular readers might remember that a chart very similar to the one above - no actually, it's exactly the same chart, save for a couple changes to the legend - appeared here last night and then at Seeking Alpha this morning.
The original post is here and at Seeking Alpha it looked like this.
Apparently the folks at Business Insider decided it was such a good idea that they whipped one up just like it (it's not too hard, that is, once you get the idea that it would be interesting to see how government payrolls compare with manufacturing payrolls over the last 70 years) and passed it off as as an original idea.
When the chart was first spotted, I was anxious to see how they were going to credit the source (me), but there's no mention of anyone other than John Carney and Kamelia Angelova in the original item at Business Insider, hence my tone right now.
Yes, it must be difficult to ensure that you get 80 or 90 blog posts up everyday in order to drive sufficient traffic to generate enough ad revenue to try to keep at least some of your staff happy, but that doesn't mean you should go around copying other peoples' work and passing it off as your own.
UPDATE - Wednesday, Jan 6th - 6:20 AM PST
John Carney just sent mail apologizing for not having credited the source and he went on to note that he's a fan this blog. They have since updated the post at Clusterstock by providing a hat tip to Tom Iacono, which, all things considered, is a giant step in the right direction.