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by Austin Dale
June 26, 2012 5:19 PM
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Youtube Supercut Begs the Question: Is Aaron Sorkin a Compulsive Self-Plagiarist?

Jeff Daniels in 'The Newsroom' Melissa Moseley/HBO
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.

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3 Comments

  • Alma Andreescu | June 27, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    So what if he's a bit repetitive? With the amount of dialogue he writes, it's more of a signature than a case of plagiarism. Give him a break!

  • Vítor Gomes | June 26, 2012 11:27 PMReply

    Well,you can't blame people for reacting negatively to this.Truth be told, shows like "The Newsroom" represent a step back for modern television, especially when you compare it with shows like Mad Men or Breaking Bad. The dialogue,the pacing,the directing...it's all been done before. I'm a huge fan of his work in Social Network, but that's about it. Can't watch West Wing and the pilot of Newsroom did nothing for me.

  • No | June 26, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    Is this undercurrent of critical disdain that has been applied to The Newsroom?