Man, I can’t STAND a biter! It seems that naturally the business world is FULL of them, and some of them are starting to get on my nerves!
What is a biter? Well since it is a slang term, I’ll refer to Urban Dictionary for a definition:
Actually, I like these too:
We all know that guy or girl who just loves to steal an idea! What bothers me is that in person or when working in a group, these people NEVER have an original idea! Could it be that they lack the ability to think critically and solve problems without trying to copy someone else’s work?
Jim Jarmusch, an American film director, has a popular quote that you may be familiar with even if you do not know the man’s resume:
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.”
It seems that Mr. Jarmusch would encourage biter-like behavior. One could make the argument that many of the greatest advances in humanity can be attributed to a biter that took someone else’s idea and made it great.
Allegedly, Galileo Galilee stole the concept of the telescope from Hans Lippershey after the Dutchman failed to obtain a patent for his work.
Even the ingenious mind of Albert Einstein didn’t fully develop the theory of relativity. That’s right, Mr. E=MC2 actually borrowed most of the concepts in his book from Henri Poincaré, an expert on the subject in the 19th century.
Face it: this is the nature of the real world, let alone business.
There was a Friendster before Facebook, and a “Message Pad” before an iPad.
Throughout history, many minds have expanded upon good ideas and made them great ones.
But allow me to read further into the Jarmusch quote:
“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.”
Translation: You can’t just take an idea and call it yours. That’s just being an ass.
While biters are being sellouts and trying to steal an idea to make money, achieve fame, or whatever their motive, the Galilee’s, Einstein’s and Jobs’ of the world are finding a way to be innovative to improve things for all mankind.
Biters are a serious problem in our society. Their lack of a true intellectual capacity is holding back our advances as they fool employers into allowing them a place in the workforce.
Do the right thing: become a part of your neighborhood Biter Watch Program (I plan to start these, don’t bite that name). Let’s fight against the intellectual property thieves of the world!
If that doesn’t work, well… beware, Biters! BEWARE!!! Karma is going to come for you!
You know who you are…