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Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 11, 2010 at 4:43AM

While Cinematical refers to him as "film critic," Tom Perkins does not deserve the title.
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Thompson on Hollywood

While Cinematical refers to him as "film critic," Tom Perkins does not deserve the title.

The FilmXTRATOM blogger has overtly plagiarized film reviews from JoBlo.com and other sources for over a year, and after denying it several times, he finally admitted to his wrongdoing. JoBlo has posted his apology letter.

What do they teach them in these schools? The young Brit blames YouTube for his actions:

"Now I know you don't want to hear any excuses but my main reason for starting to plagiarise a while ago was mainly because YouTube has become so easily corruptible these days I kind of wanted to see how corruptible it can be. Which of course got way out of hand and I forgot that I was taking advantage of your hard work."


Here's his YouTube page, currently "under construction." Perkins plans to "start from scratch" with his reviews, which is hard to imagine: he plagiarized every single review he ever wrote. TheFollowingReview tracked down the source for each one. Perkins' host site (Hey U Guys) has dropped him, and JoBlo.com dubs Perkins internet douche of the year."

Now that title may stick.

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Stuck In Love, Reviews, YouTube, Bloggers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.