Can’t We Please get Some Originality?

Lack of originality is one of those things that drives me crazy.  It seems that a hallmark here is to take someone else’s idea and copy it.  Mind you, no improvement is made.  No changes are seen.  It’s simply another (often poorer) implementation of the exact same idea.  I don’t mind someone improving on an idea.  I welcome that.  But when all you do is take the idea… sigh.

A notable and well-known entrepreneur here has done a whole fabulous spiel (that was quite the talk of the town) about how you eat a really big whale…  (one bite at a time).  For many of you, as for me, this may sound familiar.  It’s one of those ancient Indian proverbs, how do you eat an elephant… one bite at a time.  There was nothing new in the idea, just changing the animal.  And really, was that a value add?  Is this the example we hold up as success and innovation and originality?

This blog post comes out of my feeling of equal parts amusement and annoyance with a Facebook group.  Quite some time ago, a good friend of mine started an excellent Facebook Group.  It was going along well and has some 900+ members.  The group has specific rules and categories for its proper use.  Those rules are fairly well manned.  So, today I hear that someone has started a new group.  They rearranged the order of the words of the original group’s title.  The only thing that is different is that it seems to be a no-holds-barred, free-for-all.  We’ll see how long that lasts.  But the thing is, how does this help anyone?  We’re getting 15 groups all purporting to be doing the same thing… is that progress?  People either have to choose one group and chance missing someone or post in all of the various groups.  And why would you want to manage that?  It will be interesting to see how well the new group goes.  I’ll be honest and say that if most of the newcomers leave the original group, I won’t actually shed a tear at all.  Somehow it went from being a very productive experience to being a headache for everyone involved.

But, what I want to know is, why can’t you come up with a new idea instead of stealing someone else’s good idea.  Change it, improve it, make it different somehow.  Otherwise, it seems to me, you’re just a hack.

Happy Copycat! Happy Copycat!

 

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