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Definition (noun)

  1. An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter.
  2. One specimen or example of a printed text or picture: an autographed copy of a novel.
  3. Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type.
  4. The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement.
  5. Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy.

A close copy, as in all art which endeavours to reproduce natural appearances. Imitation has played a role in aesthetics since Plato, who banished artists from his hypothetical republic. Material things, he argued, are imperfect reflections of the ideal forms underlying all existence. As an imperfect reflection of something already imperfect, art could only lead men further from the truth. --Robert Belton

Copy cat crimes and A Clockwork Orange

The problems really started when the press reported a spate of supposed copy-cat crimes. The first and most famous of these was the case involving a 16 year old boy called James Palmer who had beaten to death a tramp in Oxfordshire. As Edward Laxton reported in the Daily Mirror, in a convincing enough manner that the more reactionary reader might suspect that, A Clockwork Orange was terrible enough to influence even the most unassuming and hitherto quite innocent of young men, it was clear that the press were going to make the film even more controversial. "The terrifying violence of the film A Clockwork Orange fascinated a quiet boy from a Grammar School...And it turned him into a brutal murderer". Laxton continues, "The boy viciously battered to death a harmless old tramp as he acted out in real life a scene straight from the movie A Clockwork Orange"[31] --http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0012.html

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