Lena Dunham thinks we’re sociopaths

So Lena Dunham did not specifically say, you, Dave Kyu, are a sociopath, or that you, participants of Write Sky, are sociopaths. Rather, we’re just collateral damage from her tweet, directed towards another celebrity who is embroiled in a plagiarism scandal slash publicity prank.

So let’s back up. Lena’s tweet was actually a response to another tweet by celebrity Shia Lebeouf (@thecampaignbook). This tweet contained an image of the sky-typed message Shia commissioned over Los Angeles on January 1st, 2014, which read, “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES.”

Ok, back another step. In December 2013, Shia Lebeouf released his short film, HowardCantour.com, on the internet. Shortly thereafter, everyone on the internet, and also comic artist Daniel Clowes, came to realize that the film lifted long passages directly from Clowes’ 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano. When the accusations first came to light, Shia defended his “unwitting” plagiarism, and issued an apology, again, entirely through Twitter. Here it is:

While Shia doesn’t seem to understand why plagiarism is wrong,  he does seem sorry. But it turns out that even the apology itself was plagiarized from an old Yahoo! Answers post by a user named Lili. Shia issued more apologies, which continued to be plagiarized. Under increasing scrutiny, to everyone’s surprise and chagrin, came the January 1st sky-typing. Which is what led to Lena’s tweet, that skywriters are sociopaths.

Which leads all of us in Write Sky facing a difficult question. Are we sociopaths?

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