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Applause for plagiarism

Babies learn 'how to be human' by mimicking their family. So called 'civilization' is built on the copying each other and learning from them. When it goes extreme, like the man (I could not find his name,) from Il nome della rosa, every sentence we talk is based on what we already heard of, or read before. When we think 'reasoning is based on the language they use', every way of thinking is deprived from something inspired us somewhere before, whether it is consciously or unconsciously. Creation of a totally new concept means, if it is possible, there is no consensus between the speaker to listeners. We can appreciate something when we can sympathize it. When we can think of our own but very similar memory, then we can understand and recall the feeling and situation. If we can't? That's what happened to imperialism and racism. Therefore, all memes that consist of each civilization are born from their ancestor meme. It is the same process of how life and cells proliferate, and how the term 'meme' was named after gene. We cannot make anything from nothing. We maybe can find some rule from nature, but they are already existed before we came to the world, and humankind itself? It is from repetition and variation of genes.

 On the other hand, the total plagiarism is possible? Sadly it is much more difficult. Even thought they want to create the totally same feeling, their background and experiences hinders from it. It is the same as even genetical twins cannot be the same person. even if a total plagiarism cannot be another creation? Umberto Eco's major work (to public), Il nome della rosa, is evaluated as as a masterpiece the only computers could write. (The concept of computer is not that perfect that we think of now.) However, Eco himself said about this book that 'it is not a creation, mere a mixture of parodies', also he commented that he was aspired by Thomas Pynchon's the crying of lot 49. Whether it is a plagiarism or a parody, it is one of greatest literature in history.

 Even though I worked and was paid as a software engineer, I've never thought of my codes as my own creation. First of all, I also learned how to code by borrowing the usages how to use the API's, and I'm not the person who invented the concept of programming. The reason I was hired is I have a ability to code regarding to the situation, requirement and to suggest new service out of the similar references. I think this is the same as a architect build a structure with all concrete, steel, bricks that others already invented, but in their unique and beautiful way. Some other builder can build the exactly same structure, but they are hired for their cheap price, not for their creation. As you can see the example of Mozeltov cocktail, how she can insist her photo is her own creation with our the consent of the man in the picture? What she did is capturing the moment using pre-maid cameras in the industry. Especially in film industry, how subtle to distinguish which is Hommage or plagiarism. Maybe I am being too ignorant. I see the tendency that plagiarism from a appreciated work is treated as Hommage and one from cheesy film is treated as plagiarism.

 So how we, at least I react to the plagiarism? Can I be this clam and cool if someone copy my own work and get the spotlight? Let the finest survive for humanity. We will never know which one will last. Even Mozart and Beethoven didn't know which work people appreciate the most among their works. Some of their favorites are barely loved. As technology develops, contents floods, but the digging culture also grows. I can see people on the internet play and enjoy to link (so called) originals and their influencees. Maybe they want to analyze, report, or show off their broad background knowledge. Anyway, its collective intelligence weave their reference today. I have a naive hope for those effort of humans and technology (maybe artificial intelligence that we can web all the contents very soon, in someway. Therefore, we can swim the encyclopedia of human creations like Yambo retrieved this memory in The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.

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