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June 05, 2014



And the content of what he plagiarized...good lord.


All else being equal, I would expect that a community with such dubious views of textual inspiration would have a hard time being offended by the theft of another person's words. Even people who more or less know what's involved in creative or expository writing seem to have a hard time making this issue a priority. The plagiarism taboo in academia gives way to "Use the best possible documentation in the least amount of time" in the business world, and "intellectual property" sounds like it's about people pirating movies and software. This is really closer to the man with a hundred sheep taking his neighbor's lamb instead of one of his own. But is it even possible to see this when you think written works poof into existence through revelation, instead of being crafted, trimmed, and polished?

(Sorry for the duplicate comments on the other thread, feel free to delete those.)

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