First of all, and further to the last post, I want to give some kudo’s to the Library of Congress for putting these photos on flickr. It’s pretty cool that someone there had the bright idea to share them on a public, super popular, photo sharing venue, instead of putting them on their own gov’t served webpage where dramatically fewer people would be exposed to them.
Further, it makes economical sense in a couple of ways. First, they don’t have to foot the bandwidth bill for constant use of them – flickr is doing that. In return flickr has an archive of historical photos that are royalty free. Secondly, some of the people on the internet may very well be able to provide interesting and pertinant commentary and insight to these photos – something that I dare say would not have happened to the same extent had they only been hosted at the LoC website.
Example, a comment on Wil Wheaton’s Blog:
People often forget when they’re paying their taxes that these things are supported too. That good works are being done by the the Gov’t. (this is an US example, but our
Canuckian Canadian Gov’t is doing some good things too.)
I’m not going to make spiel about contacting your MP’s/Congresscritters or anything here – but I am going to make note that although we may not see all the good projects are governments are involved in, but they do exist. So it’s a good reminder to find someone to publicly or privately thank for those we like and support, and voice our opposition to those we don’t – otherwise, no institution, no matter how right thinking, can correctly gauge the community support for the projects proposed to it.