In this piece Gladwell asks whether plagiarism justifies ruining someone’s life. The protagonist determines that plagiarism is more than just copying others word for word. It is part of an evolution process where people take things and change them slightly. In short-term memory these cases of “stealing” seem very similar to each other, and may seem like a crime. In the long run however, we forget where the material truly comes from. Instead we see new material that barely resembles the many pieces which have been plagiarized to create it.
Although it was hard to follow the events happening in the story at times, I agreed with the main idea. The central idea of plagiarism being a part of evolution is unique and interesting. I haven’t thought about it like that, but I think I agree with it. I understand that someone might feel like a part of them was stolen, but everyone plagiarizes at some point in time, or at least slightly paraphrases the work of another. It is good for artists to look at better artists for inspiration; their inspiration allows the copier to tweak their piece and make it their own.