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Response to: The Ecstasy of Influence, A Plagiarism By Jonathan Lethem

Is it ever politically correct to label a work of art plagiarism? Aren’t most people trying to do something to contribute to society through their own ways of interpretation? Unless the work is blatantly copied word by word or eerily similar from another author, is it possible to brand ideas? What are the sources of […]

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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

Plagiarism  or Inspiration? Many artists including me do not start from nowhere. We tend to be influenced by history, surroundings, each other, or etc. The connectivity of influences has resulted out series of movements in art world. For instance, artists have found impressionism, fauvism, cubism, and so on. In the field of computer science, influences […]

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The Ecstasy of Influence, A Plagiarism

The ecstasy of influence:A plagiarism By Jonathan Lethem


This article is about a few things. It’s about appropriation, simulacra, auteurism, economics and the gift of art.

Lethem talks about the beauty in the tradition of taking, copying and redefining ideas. He also talks about the illegitimacy of trying to own a culture experience, […]

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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism

“There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.”

The article discusses in great detail about the history and modern examples and implications of plagiarism and influence or inspiration. In literature we often see repeating themes, the same plot line just […]