When I go to a site like Technorati looking for Shakespeare stories, a bunch of Flickr photos that have also been tagged as Shakespeare show up down the side. So when I saw this one entitled “Shakespeare Holds Up You Are a Dog Japanese”, I said “huh? What?” I had to click it. Was it some weird translation from Japanese to English?
Nope. It’s the author of a book entitled “You are a dog” who has taken a picture of her (his?) book leaning up against a Shakespeare book. It’s a silly joke about the position of her book in classic literature (kindof an updated “Shakespeare’s not fit to shine my shoes”, the way I read it), which she recognizes is silly. What she did do wonderfully though, and the reason she earns a link from me, is that with some creative tagging she’s getting a bunch of people like me to go check her book out on Amazon. I like creative ways to generate traffic that aren’t misleading, and technically there’s nothing misleading about this. I may not have understood what it was, but when you look at it, everything is right there.