Copy and Paste Culture

Scissors and glue not only represent tools of our childhood, but are also a symbol for our postmodern culture: the “copy and paste culture”.

The expression “copy and paste” basically means to copy data from one location and to paste it to another location. Due to the democratization of technologic means, everyone can nowadays copy or change someone else’s work on the internet. However, copying is still perceived as something negative and something non-creative and contradictory, in the “copy and paste culture”, copyright is still something really important.

A negative aspect of this “copy and paste culture” lies in the fact that in most cases, no one knows anymore from which document the information was originally taken from. This can lead to problems concerning especially historical sources available on the internet, if they are not correctly quoted or not quoted at all.


Close-up on Culture: Copy Paste Culture, in: TEDX Amsterdam, URL: (page consulted: 4.3.2016).

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