You’re not. Sometimes I think I have an idea, but then I Google it and realize that it’s already been written about, and sometimes, I’ve already written the piece it was about (like this recent brilliant idea I had about writing about the role of the media in Parks and Rec…ohhhhh wait. A good read!). Which is scary but is not plagiarism, though definitely gives me an insight into what all these people who say, “Ohhhhhh I just thought it was my work and I must have just accidentally picked it up subconciously” are talking about. Except still to them I say, Google. CITE YOUR SOURCES.
This story about the name behind Zuccotti Park is one such example of a non-near miss, and how about a second of research led me to realize that someone else had already done all the hard work for me. Read more about the history of the formerly named Liberty Plaza Park here, where Adina Langer writes what is essentially a Yelp review:
“This park is less green than would be desirable, but the trees produce shade and the groundskeepers change the plantings every season. The physical details are less important than the park’s existance (sic). (Mar., 2008).”
Those Occupiers sure know how to pick ’em.