Monday, June 22, 2009

On Plagiarism

As a university student, one gets warned about plagiarism so many times, it starts to get annoying. The concept is practically beaten into you. The reason you have to stay up to all hours of the night to find references for your report is that (apart from the fact that it would be stealing if you didn't) it gives some sort of credibility to yourself. Newspapers never reference their sources, and therefore have no credibility to stand on. And they are always careful use words like "allegedly", knowing full well that 99% of their readers will conveniently ignore that word, and take all they read as the truth.

Forgetting the fact that the sources should be suing the publishing companies for not referencing, it's weird how people tend to think of newspapers as a reliable source of information. It's almost as bad as Google...

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