The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism
In response to the work Brian, Matt and I presented this past weekend (which is now behind a password-protected wall), my friend Evan Ratliff forwarded me this essay written in Harper’s a few years back.
It’s a treatise on influence, the commons and remix culture. It says more elegantly what we are beginning to say with our work. It’s called “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism” written by Jonathan Lethem.
It’s written a few years after Malcolm Gladwell wrote “something borrowed” for The New Yorker, which takes – it seems – a different approach to the problem.
These are wrapped around ideas of participatory culture described by Henry Jenkins in Convergence Culture, Larry Lessig in Remix and Cory Doctorow’s writings with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and boing boing.