In a larger context which encourages mono-culture there is bound to be duplication on this little island called Medium. Venture from the herd & you’ll have nobody lifting your stuff. And nobody reading it either since much of the audience shows herd behavior in what it selects.
This is somehow related to the selfie stick phenom, not sure exactly how. Maybe its just another attribute of the generation now coming of age.
When a column of troops (think North Korea) is marching and everyone perfectly synchronized, polished black boots lifted high at each step, is the guy on the right copying the guy on the left? or the other way around? Rather than fighting for attribution I’d deny paternity.