The first time I really experienced the open source side of the internet was when I signed up for Tumblr. Before then, I spent most of my time within the constraints of Facebook and YouTube. But when I started using Tumblr and realising how easily you could customise and make your micro-blog your own, I was hooked. I became somewhat flexible with HTML, polishing my site to perfection, and gained over 10,000 followers.
Richard Stallman believed in this type of world where software is shared, with its benefits freely available to all, where those who understand the code can modify and adapt it to new purposes, and then share it further.
Considering this, I made two Tumblrs, one which uses the basic default theme, and the second I customised using many HTML codes to form a fun, visual mess.
I wanted to demonstrate that through open source culture, you take responsibility for your free choices, customising your code however you want, no matter how ridiculous the final result is. However, while sourcing codes and placing them into the main HTML, many were faulty and didn’t even show up on my blog. This reminded me of how fiddly HTML coding can be, especially if you don’t have sound knowledge of how it works. This highlighted the advantage of closed culture, where the philosophy is: “we are locking your options for your own good”, creating a simpler production process.