If you haven't had enough plagiarism... | Bleader

Friday, March 23, 2007

If you haven't had enough plagiarism...

Posted By on 03.23.07 at 07:45 AM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge 1193.jpg

Not only does Judge Richard Posner define plagiarism in his little book thereon, he explains at least one reason why the concept changes and evolves. Writers used to be supported by patrons (usually wealthy aristocrats), who would know them personally, so it didn't hurt them much if someone copied their work. Plagiarism became more of an issue once writers came to depend upon sales to a mass market. Those customers didn't know them and might well be duped into paying someone who'd simply copied their work. "Creative imitation cannot have as capacious a scope or as positive a connotation in a modern commercial society of commodified intellectual works as it did in Shakespeare's time."

Is it possible that the desire to downplay plagiarism or even define it out of existence -- which took most of the stage time at the Art Institute recently, as I report in this week's Reader -- is somehow connected with nostalgia for an earlier, less modern, less individualistic era?

 

Tags: , , , ,

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Harold Henderson

  • The Recyclable House

    The Recyclable House

    If Ken Ortiz has his way, no one in Chicago will ever simply "demolish" a building again.
    • Jul 24, 2008
  • Sympathy for the Devil?

    Sympathy for the Devil?

    Progressive scribe Rick Perlstein made his reputation finding the good in conservatives. Then they really started screwing up the country.
    • Jan 24, 2008
  • Dynamic Flash for Democrats

    Dynamic Flash for Democrats

    Wanna raise funds to run for office? Nag Schwarzenegger about health care? Or just make fun of Bush? Call Articulated Man.
    • Jan 10, 2008
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Spirits to Enforce Berry Memorial United Methodist Church
November 08
Performing Arts
Frankenstein Theater Wit
October 24

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories