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Youtube Supercut Begs the Question: Is Aaron Sorkin a Compulsive Self-Plagiarist?

By Austin Dale | Indiewire June 26, 2012 at 5:19PM

Aaron Sorkin has long been one of the industry's highest-paid writers, and despite the tepid response to "The Newsroom," that's highly unlikely to change any time soon. However, here's something that could ultimately harm his reputation worse than any bad review or critical think piece.
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Jeff Daniels in 'The Newsroom'
Melissa Moseley/HBO Jeff Daniels in 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin has long been one of the industry's highest-paid writers, and despite the tepid response to "The Newsroom," that's highly unlikely to change any time soon. However, here's something that could ultimately harm his reputation worse than any bad review or critical think piece.

One incredibly discerning Sorkin viewer named Kevin Porter has assembled an intricate look at the phrases and conversations that come up over and over again in Sorkin's writing.

Some of them are relatively minor. In a body of work as extensive as Sorkin's, it's not too unbelievable that many characters would say "You think?" or "You bet!" - but some really good lines noticeably come up again and again and again. His self-plagiarism has been common knowledge among Sorkin's devotees for a while now, but this comprehensive, already-viral supercut makes a damning case. The next time a studio buys a new Sorkin script, they'll probably want to stipulate that it's 100% original.

This article is related to: Aaron Sorkin, YouTube, The West Wing, The Newsroom, The Social Network, Television