We’re all authors, aren’t we?

The NY Times says to this generation plagiarism is no big deal.

“Now we have a whole generation of students who’ve grown up with information that just seems to be hanging out there in cyberspace and doesn’t seem to have an author,” said Teresa Fishman, director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University. “It’s possible to believe this information is just out there for anyone to take.”

the idea of an author whose singular effort creates an original work is rooted in Enlightenment ideas of the individual. It is buttressed by the Western concept of intellectual property rights as secured by copyright law. But both traditions are being challenged.

“Our notion of authorship and originality was born, it flourished, and it may be waning,” Ms. Blum said.

What do you think?

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3 Responses

  1. I do agree with the assessment. I remember always being told that sources that are “known facts” do not need to be cited.

    My teacher/prof said that facts are common and well known if multiple people know it off hand. Which is a bad test to determine what is known “known”

  2. If you got it from someone else, cite your source. That’s one test.

  3. I don’t know… I think that the idea of an author whose singular effort creates an original work is rooted in Enlightenment ideas of the individual. It is buttressed by the Western concept of intellectual property rights as secured by copyright law. But both traditions are being challenged. Our notion of authorship and originality was born, it flourished, and it may be waning. But that’s just my opinion.

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