We will announce the winner of this year’s headline contest next Monday, March 9. And, as we have every year in the past, we will give full credit to the winning entry, within the limits of protecting his/her privacy.
This, of course, as it should be; create something and you should get recognition for it. It is clearly and obviously the right thing to do. Which is why I do not understand why this ad for Cadillac has a blatant lack of accreditation for the quote that forms the entire ad. Even reading just the first few lines of this speech by Theodore Roosevelt, as you can see in this link to Wikipedia, shows where the words originally came from (heck, it is often referred to as “The Man in the Arena”:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
At first I thought, and hoped, that the mouse type running vertically on the right side was giving credit to the source. But no, it was just a copyright line for General Motors.
So, simply put, today’s advice is: Do not do this!