I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about people copying others in the online world. People on all sides seem to be upset; those who feel they’ve been copied and those that think they’re being unfairly accused of copying.
Here’s what I think is missing in this debate; a recognition of what it is to be a human being. The most basic truth about human beings is this; we learn through imitation. From the day we’re born we imitate the facial expressions of our parents. We imitate the way they talk, walk and laugh.
In the process of imitation we find our own quirky way of walking, talking and so forth but essentially we’re all still doing the same thing (walking and talking).
And so it goes through every aspect of society. Trends are, by definition, a large group of people copying one another. And in the instance of … [Read More...]