All New Under the Sun – Plagiarism and Creativity

In Creativity

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea. —  Guy Debord

A colleague recently shared the joyous “steal with pride” as a previous workplace mantra.  Likewise Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like An Artist” provides some unabashed guidance to scrupled plagiarism.  With quotables such as “You are a mashup”, and “everything is a remix, so steal like an artist,” it sings in the same key as these other luminaries of informed creative collage:

  • Originality is undetected plagiarism. — William Ralph Inge
  • Art is either plagiarism or revolution. — Paul Gauguin
  • If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research. —  Wilson Mizner
  • No, generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism. —  Gilbert Gottfried

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