Kindra Nikole is a Seattle-based photographer who creates fantastical sceneries in nature. She draws her inspiration through Hayao Miyazaki’s animated movies or J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and works with talented artists to design all the costumes of her projects. She expresses her creativity through magical photographs, glowing and dark settings.
Hello there and welcome to another Friday Fast Tip! Wahooo, Fridays are refreshing, right?! As part of internet safety week on Growing Up Last I reminded of all the information we share online, specifically images. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE, BUT if you intended them to stay in your tiny corner of the internet think again. A picture you took may be used elsewhere by someone with good intentions or bad. However, you can combat that if by doing a simple Google Image Search.
Next, click the camera icon. You’ll be able to paste the URL of the image, or upload one of your own.
I pasted the URL of an image I posted into the search bar and these were my results:
The image I pasted into the search came up in one spot, my own blog. The other nifty feature is the “visually similar images.” I mean my little dude dressed as a TMNT apparently looks close to a Boppie, peeps, and ruffled diaper covers. I think I was just trolled by Google!
Nike does not manufacture its own products. It only designs and markets them. About 550,000 workers are employed in 700 factories in 50 countries to make Nike products, the majority in Asia. The contractors tend to pay close to the minimum wage. This cheap labour enables Nike to spend a great deal on design and marketing, pay large executive salaries, maintain large profits, and still keep the cost of the shoes affordable to the middle classes in affluent countries. Shoes that cost $16.75 to manufacture are sold for around $100 in the US.
Since Nike spends so much on marketing and so little on the product itself, it is clear that the reputation of its brand is all-important. The writer Naomi Klein has noted: ‘In many ways branding is the Achilles heel of the corporate world. The more these companies shift to being all about brand meaning and brand image, the more vulnerable they are to attacks on image.’ So Nike was in trouble when its contractors were accused of manufacturing Nike products in sweatshop conditions, using child labour, paying less than the minimum wage, enforcing overtime, subjecting employees to verbal abuse and sexual harassment and running factories like prison camps.