Part 1. Bullshit.

Flannery Wilson
6 min readSep 10, 2017


“Hey, sonny! That’s my bullshit you’re stealing!”

Plagiarism is an interesting concept. It is difficult to prove that someone has plagiarized.

It is even more difficult to prove that someone has stolen your ideas.

What does this even mean?

Usually no bullet-proof evidence exists to back up the claim that our ideas have been copied.

Still, when we perceive injustice, we are angry.

We are angry because we feel that someone else used our ideas before we had a chance to use them.

Over time, however, that anger turns into despair upon the realization that there is nothing that can be done.

Other scholars, working in the same field, think of similar topics and ideas all the time.

Perhaps other film scholars choose to write about the same films, year after year, because those films are “canonical”, whatever that means.

In many cases these justifications such as these are warranted.

We cannot always know for certain, all of the time.

This does not mean that we should throw up our hands and discontinue our research, or that we should quit writing about films.



Flannery Wilson

Flannery has a PhD in Comparative Literature. She teaches French, Italian, and visual media. She has developed a love for improv comedy and performs regularly.