Posted by: sunflowersandcedartrees | October 22, 2012

Plagiarism: Fooling Ourselves

 

Yesterday CBS News came out with a small segment about Plagiarism. In it, they interviewed two authors – if you can really call them that – how for some time now have been known as copy/paste plagiarists. One of them was a journalist, one a novelist, but both had the same sort of progression. It starts small: a better sentence here, a smarter phrase there, and suddenly their pages are drowning in someone else’s word-craft.

Every middle school student knows that plagiarism isn’t acceptable. For years though it’s continued. I remember plenty of high school morning spent coming in early and reading, waiting for the bell to ring, while a few yards away one kid let another copy huge sections of their paper. Where they ever caught? Not that I ever saw. And therein lies the problem: If we think we can away with it, we’ll try, but in the end we’re only fooling ourselves.

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