Not-Heroes : Thomas Alva Edison

In which genius is 99 % stealing.

As a member of Team Tesla anytime I see an article flattering T.A. Edison my hackles start to rise. He may be eminently quotable but he is also one of those people who “won” history and therefore got to write his own record of events.

A recent Daily Post article has discussed how we can learn from Edison especially in his role as the inventor of the phonograph, a commercially viable lightbulb, and the motion picture camera. It was apparently all trial and error, which would be great if these claims were true.

Instead Edison was not:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Instead he was more:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found ways to steal or bully my best ideas from other people.”

The truth is that Edison was not someone who gave up, he was someone who imitated and claimed others work as his own.

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