The New York Times stole my Ragan.com story. I can prove it.
On the Times Web site Monday, Bob Harris wrote this blog post: “Isn’t It Ironic? Probably Not.” On Friday, Ragan.com ran my story, “You understand irony, right?”
Interesting coincidence, eh? Perhaps you’re thinking, “Surely Harris’s article, published a full weekend after yours, discusses something other than how irony is abused and how it should be used?” Afraid not.
Harris defines irony in simple terms; so did I — three days before him.
He highlights other forms of speech mistaken for irony; so did I — three days before him.
He mentions Alanis Morissette’s song supposedly about irony; so did I — three days before him.
Have I shocked you yet?
Well my co-workers remain unconvinced. “The Times piece only appeared three days after yours,” they claim. Exactly, I tell them, it was a blog and those take less time to write and post than a newspaper article. Harris clearly read my article on Friday and whipped something together for Monday.
“Irony is a universal topic — evergreen really — plus the post appeared on the paper’s blog about books,” my co-workers say. And my article appeared on a Web site for corporate communicators, I reply. What’s your point?
They insist: “Morissette’s ‘Ironic’ is, like, the most talked about song on the topic, because her examples of irony are anything but.” Uh-huh, whatever.
You're welcome for the link Mister Harris, but beware, I’m on to you.