Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Plagiarist as Victim

How does a guilty plagiarist defend themselves?  Let's see how America's sleaziest plagiarizing publisher David B. Boyer of Vincennes, IN does it.

He has written a screenplay/ book that is worse still than his already low standards, wherein he portrays himself (through a whiny, simpering character) as a victim of cyberstalking.  The problem is, not only is it a narcissistic self-fantasy, it is so hideously written that it was actually painful to read.  Boyer is a terrible writer.  For a serial plagiarist, con man and crooked businessman like David B. Boyer, it is important to portray himself as a victim of cyberstalking so  he can garner sympathy from the unwary.  He hopes this shameless ruse will take the focus off of his smarmy thefts and cons.

Now we all know why he feels compelled to plagiarize- he is a terrible writer.

For those who don't know the standard I am not a Crook routines used by plagiarizing publishers, I outline the four most popular in my upcoming book "Indiana Sleaze." 

Plagiarists like Boyer, already embarassed by their own writing, lack of self-image and plagued by the need for unwarranted adulation, are still actually somewhat embarrassed to use the first three tactics.  They're not comfortable with them, most likely because it appears to put them on the defense.  Only the fourth makes them feel like they can wear Big Boy Pants again- and of course we should all worry about smarmy con men who want to wear Big Boy Pants.

First the famous Boyerism, "This is a private matter."  This is where the plagiarist actually tries to convince the victim that the professional way to handle the crime he or she has committed is to keep it secret so they don't get punished and so he or she can continue to steal from other people.

The second Boyerism is to attempt to diminish the victim, calling them names, saying they are lucky he stole from them and how dare they be so unprofessional as to question he or she.  Plagiairsts are better than their victims, after all.  Frequently the plagiarists, lacking originality even in their defense tactics, will begin questioning their victim's sanity, sometimes calling them sociopaths, stalkers, and/or whatever other psychology terms they can steal from the web or their local library.

The third Boyerism I call the "Attack of the Capital Letters."  After being in martial arts for over thirty years, I struggled to find a similar defense strategy in "The Book of Five Rings," by Myamoto Musashi or "The Art of War," by Sun Tzu.  The closest I can find is the use of shouting like a maniac being bitten on the ankles by a rabid pig in the lost works of a man known only as the Swordsman's Foot Washer.  I believe I have the only remaining copy of this work.

Using this bizarre tactic, Boyer and other plagiarists seize on the concept of capitalizing entire words in their correspondence with their victims as though this will frighten the person they are writing to.  I asked the gang- banger down the street what this tactic meant, and he said, "The man can't get it on."  After my friend was cuffed and taken away, I realized I had completely forgotten to ask him what it meant when a plagiarist made excessive use of underlining.

But it is their fourth and final defense, which I explore in great detail in "Indiana Sleaze," that they feel most comfortable using.  Here it is.  Are you ready?

"I'm the Victim!"

Don't laugh.  Seriously, cut that out.  It's not funny.  Well, it is, sort of.  Too lazy to work when they can steal our stuff, claim our identities and run with the money?  Yeah, that's funny ha ha but not funny for real.  Plagiarists like to claim they are being stalked, harassed, persecuted.  They are just innocents being run down by an angry mob.  And their victims put the mob on them.  That's it.  The plagiarists are innocent and the victims are guilty.  The are cyber-stalked.  You get the picture.  They're victims.

Now you know the Fourth Defense-  plagiarist as victim, victim as the guilty party.  Do they think we're stupid or what? 

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

This guy is a real work of art.
Like the new header, Rick!

Rick said...

Glad you like the header, Alex!

And Boyer, yep, he's a real piece of work.

Christina said...

I bet he had no idea what he was getting into when he crossed your path. I'm glad all this went public. I'm also glad to see that your work is on the side to be purchased with YOUR NAME, not his. I recognized a few of the titles mentioned that he put his name on.

P.S. I need to send you a catch up email. I keep meaning to and then the week ends and I'm thinking, "Man, I was going to write him last week."

Hope everything is good. You'll have to tell me about any camp trips or research you're doing. Those are always great stories.

Rick said...

I'll be looking forward to your email, Christina. And I do have some very cool research trips planned once the edits are done on the Ninja Tools and Weapons book!

thehorrorzine said...

Bravo Rick!

See the Shocklines post about it here:

Rick said...

On my way to check it out now!