A Swift And Terrible Pie-Filled Vengeance

By now, you’ve probably already heard of the Cooks Source scandal and the swift, terrible vengeance meted out on a copyright infringer.

If you haven’t, here’s the short version: A writer found her article had been put in a magazine without permission and asked the editor for a donation for a journalism school and an apology. The editor refused to make the donation, implied the writer should have paid the editor, and finally, claimed that everything online was considered public domain and the writer should have been pleased she got any credit for it all.

The long version can be found here, here, and lots of places. Because all kinds of people (including Neil Gaiman and Wil Wheaton) picked up the story and passed it on.

It got ugly for the editor fairly quickly and eventually, the magazine took down its Facebook page. Since that point, other people have created pages from the “Cooks Source” point of view on Facebook and Twitter, and they are posting all kinds of sarcastic jokes. Most of them are not very nice.

On the other hand, some of them are pretty funny. The ones on the Cooks Source Facebook page (which is, please note, no longer operated by the real Cooks Source, and also contains some strong language, obscenities and general PG-13/R-rated content) seem to fall into one of two categories.

One ascribes all sorts of atrocities to Cooks Source in the manner of a Chuck Norris fact: “Cooks Source kicks puppies” or “Cooks Source has no idea how to wang chung tonight.”

The other type begins “But honestly, Monica,” and ends with something sarcastic or condescending, written in the “voice” of the editor. Such as: “But honestly Monica, if they didn’t want me to have cable, they wouldn’t have run the wire to the neighbor’s house like that.” or “But honestly Monica, my gerbil can probably write better than me, it’s just that she doesn’t have a social security number and therefore can’t legally be employed.”

Yesterday Cooks Source (sort of) apologized. And a third type of snark was born:

“It was the oversight of a small, overworked staff that resulted the search for WMDs in Iraq costing the lives of hundred of Americans.” and “It was the oversight of a small, overworked staff that wheeled that pretty horse into Troy.”

And now everyone is wondering if “the internet” has gone too far, and whether the editor of Cooks Source really deserves quite so much odium.

What do you think?

Did Cooks Source receive its just desserts?

1 Response

  1. Given that the editor, according to some of the reading up I did, basically has been doing this for years and only just got caught out, throw the internet at the condescending plagiarist. =)

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