It's true that some people are merely passing along something they don't realize has an author. But more often, people without the ability to craft anything funny are deliberately removing authors and posting work as their own to build their accounts on the backs of others. If you really want to just spread something you think is funny, you hit "Retweet" or "Reblog" or "Share." It's that easy. Much easier than even cutting and pasting. We all know people who share Cracked articles, and then we know the other pathetic psychopaths who cut and paste whole Cracked articles into their own sites and blogs like they wrote it. This is no different.
So Who Are These People?
That's a good question, and one I've asked often, because these people make no sense to me. While we're all taught at an early age that plagiarism is wrong, I get why someone might steal passages out of an encyclopedia (or Wikipedia) and paste them into their homework: they're lazy or bored. They just want to get the work done and get a passing grade. They're trying to do something they're forced to do as quickly as possible. It's a shortcut to not getting an "F" (Unless they're caught -- then it's a shortcut to a definite "F," but at least I get it. It's cheating at school).
But no one requires you to make jokes, and I can't understand the kind of person who wants credit for someone else's bit. How does that feel good? What joy does getting laughs from someone else's material bring? It's like leading your girlfriend into a darkened room and tricking her into sleeping with your buddy, and then taking pride in how hard she comes. And no, that's not hyperbole. If you steal jokes, that is exactly what you are doing: being inexplicably proud about making your girlfriend come with someone else's cock. Congrats, you sad, impotent little man.
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"You totally got her off, bro. I'm the sex master!"
But here's the thing. I've confronted these people online many times -- both on my own behalf and on the behalf of my friends. You'd think they'd be embarrassed and ashamed. But it's pretty clear shame is not in their assortment of emotions. Sure, I'm used to the anonymity of the Internet helping people be shameless, but some of these morally compromised halfwits use their own names, and hide only behind the following false and irredeemable defenses.
Here are three excuses that social media plagiarists need to stop making.