People are lazy. I’m lazy, for example. The difference between my lazy and the lazy of, say, a guy named Shaun Munro, is that my laziness takes the form of not doing any work at all. I just kind of lounge around until I build up enough self-loathing to motivate me to work. I’m a writer; I’m all about self-loathing and it’s apart of my creative process. It’s a hurdle I throw in front of myself because it’s fun to try to jump over it. Shaun’s interpretation of laziness takes effort — he steals other people’s hard work and passes it off as his own because he doesn’t want to put in the hard work required to be good at something. And he does this a lot.
Shaun goes into the Cracked writer’s workshop and steals articles that aren’t finished yet, articles that are still in the midst of the pitch process and probably wont be published on the front page of Cracked for weeks. Before these articles are ever born, Shaun steals them and posts them on a site called WhataCulture. If I were to be a little hyperbolic about this, I’d say that’s like kidnapping an unborn baby. He does this regularly and with no repercussion. Apparently, he’s allowed to do this. WhataCulture seems to be a site all about institutionalized content theft. As a result of this theft, by the time the original Cracked version of the article is published, the Shaun Munro version has been up for weeks, which makes readers think that Cracked writers plagiarized the article from WhataCulture. That, of course, is bullshit.
You can read all about it in the post I’ve reblogged below, written and exhaustively cataloged by a great Cracked writer named Maxwell Yezpitelok.
This is Shaun Munro, acclaimed author of 10 Actresses Who Desperately Need To Go Nude:
And this is an article under the same premise pitched by two members of the Cracked Comedy Workshop exactly one week earlier:
Shaun’s article has six entries in common with the Cracked pitch… but, y’know, so what? Websites steal full articles from Cracked.com all the time. There are entire Wordpress sites with dozens of subscribers that do nothing but repost Cracked lists as soon as they’re posted. Well, the difference here is that the articles Shaun is shamelessly copying haven’t been posted — he’s going into the Cracked Workshop (which is for registered members only) and swiping articles before they get a chance to go up on the site, making the original writer look like the plagiarist and thus putting their livelihood at risk. This has been called to Shaun’s attention, and he’s still doing it.