The idea of plagiarism is one that comes up frequently in academia. We are always told that using someone else’s ideas as our own is not good, for ethical reasons, however, under the right circumstances it can be acceptable. In The New Yorker article about Quentin Rowan, we see an instance where it is not acceptable. Over the years, in all the pieces he’s written, he has copied word for word verbatim from multiple sources to compose his books, essays, etc. His excuse was that he wanted to please everyone and make them believe he was a great writer. This facade reasoning is not unique to Rowan, generally when people plagiarize or borrow from others, they want their readers to believe that they are just that good. In The Chronicle article, the Hamilton College president, Eugene Tobin, had been using plagiarized materials in his speeches for nine years. His reason is not noted, but it’s possible he had the same reason as Rowan. These two articles demonstrate how plagiarizing can greatly damage your reputation and aid in losing your career, but what about the people who borrow words and phrases on a daily basis? In everyday conversations, we quote someone else, whether it be with song lyrics, movie lines, or phrases, whose origin is unknown, but should we lose too because of it?
On Monday, September 30, we will discuss privacy, its changing definitions, and the challenges presented by digital networked media. Please read the following:
Marshall, P. Online privacy. CQ Researcher, 19, 933-956.
Wu, Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier, The New Yorker, 18 June 2013.
Your blogging assignment is one comment on one blog post written by a classmate (NOT written by me!), or two comments on two different posts totaling 100 words. You can comment on a recent post or a post from earlier in the semester. Refer to the blogging guidelines or ask me if you have questions.
Discussion Facilitators: Sara, Livanesa, Moe
Today we discussed social media and social networking, debated new terms for these ideas, and spent some time considering the limits of Wikipedia and the potential of so-called “Big Data.” The TED Talk by Tim Berners-Lee that wouldn’t load during class appears to be working now, so feel free to view it on your own time. Slides from today are available here.
For Wednesday, please read and view the following:
Center for Social Media, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education, sections “code” and “principles” only
Grey, Copyright: Forever Less One Day
Lessig, Laws that Choke Creativity
Faden, A Fair(y) Use Tale
Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post. Our discussion facilitators are Kimesha, Dimitri, and Steve.