Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On plagiarism, #stopcreating, and erring on the side of falling for metapranks

My recent piece in Gapers Block looks at a Shia LaBeouf-bylined essay appearing in The New Inquiry yesterday that wholly appropriates the parts of a book by MoMA poet laureate and plagiarism-as-art proponent Kenneth Goldsmith.

A couple people on Twitter are claiming I've been had and that the two collaborated on the essay, as maybe-evidenced by a deleted tweet in which LeBeouf claims Goldsmith helped out on the broader #stopcreating campaign.

Several points come to mind, but it's clear that the full story hasn't emerged yet, so I'll wait until then (if ever) to say more on the subject.

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