Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Once again, Malcolm Gladwell has written a provocative and endlessly interesting article, this time on the subject of plagiarism. A quote:
When I worked at a newspaper, we were routinely dispatched to "match" a story from the Times: to do a new version of someone else's idea. But had we "matched" any of the Times' words -- even the most banal of phrases -- it could have been a firing offense. The ethics of plagiarism have turned into the narcissism of small differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plagiarism is an merely an academic transgression.

Copyright infringement is something else again.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Al Nye said...

What a fine article in the New Yorker. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

Al Nye

1:34 PM  

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