‘Kill All Citations?’ Many More Examples of Angela Nagle Lifting From Others

Angela Nagle has written a very short book, Kill All Normies, that as I reported for The Daily Beast — and others noticed at Libcom — is heavily dependent on research and phrasing of uncredited others. I didn’t get to include each and every example, editors and attention spans being what they are, but there sure are a lot.

Here, on this blog, I will continue noting examples of Nagle, billed as an expert on “internet-culture,” SJWs and the alt-right, borrowing others’ writing on these topics without attribution.

But first, a reminder of how blatant Nagle’s plagiarism was already shown to be. As I noted in the piece, she rips off this graf nearly word for word.

 

RationalWiki:

In 2011, Elam established the site Register-Her.com, which publishes the personal information of women the site claims “have caused significant harm to innocent individuals either by the direct action of crimes like rape, assault, child molestation and murder, or by the false accusation of crimes against others.” While the list includes women who have been sent to prison for various crimes, it also includes others who were acquitted, and…. lists any rape victim whose court case results in anything but a full conviction and sentencing as a “false accuser”.

Kill All Normies:

In 2011, Elam established the vigilante doxxing site Register-Her.com, which publishes the personal information of women the site claims ‘have caused significant harm to innocent individuals either by the direct action of crimes like rape, assault, child molestation and murder, or by the false accusation of crimes against others.’… While the list included women who have been sent to prison for various crimes, it also included others who were acquitted and lists female rape victims whose court cases didn’t result in a full conviction as a ‘false accuser’.

If that’s not enough to raise an eyebrow, consider these other examples of copying, pasting, and lightly tweaking others’ work. Wikipedia remains a popular source, with Nagle extensively copying an entry on Northwestern University Professor Laura Kipnis.

(Several examples were also identified by plagiarism software, which one can use to verify my work; I will list the number on the report in brackets before the examples it also found.)

[Turnitin #78]

Wikipedia:

In March 2015 Kipnis wrote an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education in which she decried a prevailing “sexual paranoia” on campuses and discussed professor-student sexual relationships and trigger warnings.

Kill All Normies, p. 79:

In March 2015, Laura Kipnis wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, in which she criticized the atmosphere of ‘sexual paranoia’ on campuses, defended professor-student sexual relationships and criticized trigger warnings.

Wikipedia:

A group of students at Northwestern protested, demanding that the administration reaffirm its commitment to the policies that Kipnis criticized.

Kill All Normies, p. 79:

A group of students protested in response, demanding that the administration reaffirm its commitment to the policies that Kipnis criticized.

Wikipedia:

Protesters carried a mattress in reference to Emma Sulkowicz’s earlier protest at Columbia University.

Kill All Normies, p. 79:

They carried a mattress — a reference to Emma Sulkowicz’s earlier protest at Columbia University against rape on campus.

Wikipedia:

Invoking Title IX, two graduate students filed complaints with Northwestern’s Title IX office against Kipnis, arguing that her essay had had a “chilling effect” on students’ ability to report sexual misconduct.

Kill All Normies, p. 79:

Invoking university legislation, two grad students filed complaints against Kipnis, arguing that her article, which she has since expanded into a book, would deter students from reporting sexual misconduct.

Nagle also borrows phrasing, structure and some history from “neoreactionary” writer Ash Milton, who is uncredited.

[Turnitin #77]

An Introduction To The European New Right,” by Ash Milton:

[T]he ENR [European New Right] aimed to promote a “Gramscianism of the Right,” adapting the theories of Antonio Gramsci that political change… follows – cultural and social change.

Kill All Normies (Chapter Three, ‘Gramscians of the alt-light’), p. 42:

The French New Right or Nouvelle Droite adapted the theories of Antonio Gramsci that political change follows cultural and social change.

An Introduction To The European New Right,” by Ash Milton:

In the words of Het Vlaams Blok leader Filip Dewinter, “the ideological majority is more important than the parliamentary majority.”

Prior to 1968, reactionaries had taken the line that… the common people were still inherently conservative…. We can see this echoed today in the “silent majority” and “Main Street” rhetoric of modern conservatives. The ENR’s [European New Right’s] aim was to break with… [the] view: that defeat of revolutionary elites would enable to restoration of a traditional order.

Kill All Normies, p. 42-43:

Belgian far-right anti-immigration party Vlaams Blok leader Filip Dewinter put it like this: ‘the ideological majority is more important than the parliamentary majority.’

Prior to 1968, the right had taken the view that ‘ordinary people’ were still inherently conservative, which you can see echoed today in the ‘silent majority’ rhetoric of modern establishment conservatives. The French New Right’s Gramscian aim… was to break with the view that defeat of radical elites or vanguards would enable the restoration of a popular traditional order….

An Introduction To The European New Right,” by Ash Milton:

1968 and its era were a proof to the ENR that the culture itself would have to be retaken before change could come at the political level. This led it to pursue a project of “metapolitics”; its thinkers scorned party and even “radical” activism, preferring to rethink philosophical foundations and create cultural memes to counter the ’68er ideology of Social Progress.

Kill All Normies, p. 43:

1968 and the rise of the New Left was proof to the demoralized right that the whole culture would now have to be retaken before formal political change could come. This led to the pursuit of a ‘metapolitics’, and a rejection of the political party and traditional activism within a section of the right. Instead, they set about rethinking their philosophical foundations and creating new ways to counter the ‘68 ideology of Social Progress.

Nagle also takes another definition from Wikipedia without identifying the source, which the online encyclopedia insists is a violation of its license.

Wikipedia:

The cultural turn is a movement beginning in the early 1970s among scholars in the humanities and social sciences to make culture the focus of contemporary debates; it also describes a shift in emphasis toward meaning and away from a positivist epistemology.

Kill All Normies, p. 62:

In academia, the ‘cultural turn’ saw a radical shift in scholarship whereby universities made culture the focus of contemporary debates. It also meant a shift in emphasis toward meaning and away from a positivist epistemology….

Her biography of far-right radio host Alex Jones also comes from the site.

[Turnitin #135]

Wikipedia:

He has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks, and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA’s secret technology.

Kill All Normies, p. 51:

He has accused the US government of orchestrating the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11th attacks and a fake moon landing.

Finally, her descriptions of various popular memes are derived from another, niche online encyclopedia.

[Turnitin #76]

KnowYourMeme.com

Idiot Nerd Girl is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a teenage girl wearing thick rimmed glasses with the word “NERD” written on the palm of her left hand. The upper caption often contains references to “geek culture” while the bottom caption demonstrates a lack of knowledge or expertise in the subject.

Kill All Normies, p. 107:

[T]he ‘Idiot Nerd Girl’ meme, which appeared around May 2010, featured a photo of a teenage girl wearing thick-rimmed glasses with the word ‘nerd’ written on the palm of her hand. The upper caption contained references to ‘geek culture’, while the bottom caption demonstrates a lack of subcultural knowledge.

[Turnitin #201]

KnowYourMeme.com:

On May 29th, a post about the incident reached the front page of /r/news, where it garnered more than 7,100 votes (87% upvoted) and 6,200 comments in the next two days. The same day, a petition titled “Justice for Harambe” was created on Change.org which called for authorities to hold the child’s parents responsible for Harambe’s death. Within 48 hours, the petition gained over 338,000 signatures. Meanwhile, the hashtags #JusticeForHarambe and #RIPHarambe began circulating on both Facebook and Twitter.

Kill All Normies, p. 11:

On the same day that a post about the incident reached the front page of Reddit news, a petition titled ‘Justice for Harambe’ was created on Change.org, which called for authorities to hold the child’s parents responsible for Harambe’s death, gaining hundreds of thousands of signatures. Soon, the mostly ironically used hashtags #JusticeForHarambe and #RIPHarambe began circulating.

Altering a few choice words copied from others is known as “patch writing,” for which CNN suspended host Fareed Zakaria in 2014.

UPDATE:

Nagle also rewrites Wikipedia’s entry on the 2014 Isla Vista killings.

[Turnitin #177 identifies the source as Murderpedia, which appears to take the text from Wikipedia].

Wikipedia:

The rampage ended when….. Police found him dead in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Before driving to the sorority house, Rodger uploaded to YouTube a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution”…. He explained that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him.

Kill All Normies, p. 95:

The rampage ended when police found him dead in his car with a gunshot wound to the head. Rodger had uploaded a final video to YouTube, titled ‘Elliot Rodger’s Retribution’. In it, he described his desire to punish women for rejecting him.

Wikipedia:

Rodger e-mailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript… titled “My Twisted World”….. In it, he described his… frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, his contempt for racial minorities and interracial couples.

Kill All Normies, p. 95:

Rodger also left behind a lengthy autobiographical manuscript, titled My Twisted World. He described his sexual frustration, his hatred of women who kept thwarting his desire to have sexual relationships with them… and his contempt for interracial couples.

Wikipedia:

The manifesto specifically mentions a “War on Women”….:

The Second Phase will take place on the Day of Retribution itself, just before the climactic massacre. … My War on Women. … I will attack the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB.

Kill All Normies, p. 96:

He mentions a ‘War on Women’:

The Second Phase will take place on the Day of Retribution itself, just before the climactic massacre… My War on Women… I will attack the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB.

UPDATE II:

Angela Nagle does not just copy others’ work, without attribution, in her book. Here she does the same thing in a piece for The Baffler.

Wikipedia:

The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Police found him dead in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The New Man of 4chan,” by Angela Nagle:

The rampage ended when he crashed into a parked vehicle; police found him dead in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head.

Wikipedia:

Rodger uploaded to YouTube a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution”, in which he outlined details of his upcoming attack and his motives. He explained that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him.

The New Man of 4chan,” by Angela Nagle:

Rodger uploaded a final video to YouTube, titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” outlining his purpose. He announced his desire to punish women for rejecting him.

Wikipedia:

Rodger e-mailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript… titled “My Twisted World”…. In it, he described his… frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, his contempt for racial minorities and interracial couples.

The New Man of 4chan,” by Angela Nagle:

Rodger also left behind a lengthy autobiographical manuscript, titled My Twisted World. In it, he describes his frustration at not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, and his contempt for ethnic minorities and interracial couples.

UPDATE III:

This was noted in my piece for The Daily Beast, but I’ll highlight it here, too: Nagle lifting from the paper of record, once again without attribution.

The New York Times:

Someone hacked Henderson’s MySpace page…. Someone placed an iPod on Henderson’s grave, took a picture and posted it to /b/. Henderson’s face was appended to dancing iPods, spinning iPods, hardcore porn scenes. A dramatic re-enactment of Henderson’s demise appeared on YouTube, complete with shattered iPod. The phone began ringing at Mitchell’s parents’ home. “It sounded like kids,” remembers Mitchell’s father, Mark Henderson, a 44-year-old I.T. executive. “They’d say, ‘Hi, this is Mitchell, I’m at the cemetery.’ ‘Hi, I’ve got Mitchell’s iPod.’ ‘Hi, I’m Mitchell’s ghost, the front door is locked. Can you come down and let me in?’

Kill All Normies, p. 35:

… Henderson’s MySpace page was hacked, while another placed an iPod on Mitchell’s grave, took a picture, and posted it to 4chan. His face was pasted into spinning iPods and hard-core porn scenes, and a re-enactment of Henderson’s death soon appeared on YouTube. Mitchell’s father received prank calls to his house, in which callers said things like: ‘Hi, I’ve got Mitchell’s iPod’ and, ‘Hi, I’m Mitchell’s ghost, the front door is locked. Can you come down and let me in?’

UPDATE IV:

Several examples of patch writing I identified in my Daily Beast report were also identified by Turnitin.

Turnitin #85: RationalWiki’s entry for “Manosphere,” which includes the text Nagle lifted regarding “Heartiste” in Kill All Normies. It also links to the entry, first on this list, for Paul Elam, which was copied with only minor edits.

Turnitin #23: Wikipedia’s entry for “Roosh V.

Turnitin #25: Claire Lehmann’s column, “Germaine Greer and the scourge of ‘no-platforming.‘”

UPDATE V:

via Joseph Kay

Wikipedia:

The crux of Butler’s argument in Gender Trouble is that the coherence of the categories of sex, gender, and sexuality… is culturally constructed through the repetition of stylized acts in time. These stylized bodily acts, in their repetition, establish the appearance of an essential, ontological “core” gender.

Kill All Normies, p. 70:

By 1990, Judith Butler had taken this several steps further, or perhaps more literally, in Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity, in which she argued that the coherence of the categories of sex, gender and sexuality were entirely culturally constructed through the repetition of styled and cultivated bodily acts, which created the appearance of an essential ontological ‘core’ gender.

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About Charles Davis

A writer and producer with whose work has aired on television and radio and been published by outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, The Nation and The New Republic.
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