February 6, 2013

What Do You Think #11- What Can Be Done?


Today's Question:

As you know, plagiarism in the blogging world is nothing new and it is apparently running rampant.  What do you think, if anything, can be done by us as a community to help curb this problem?


My Thoughts:

You may have already seen my thoughts on the problem at hand (if not you can read my rant here).  There are only two solutions I can come up with.  The first is education:  Do they not realize that taking paragraphs is plagiarism?  Do they not understand what the term "plagiarism" means?  Perhaps we should make this very clear on our blogs?

The second solution is a boycott of the blogs of repeat offenders. This seems like an extreme measure, right?  Perhaps.  

However, how else are we to make it clear as a community we won't put up with someone stealing our stuff?  If we confront them and they don't take it down, what is the next step?  Would we not boycott someone going around our communities stealing wallets or our books or our other possessions?  We would totally send them packing.  Rat them out.  Turn them over to the police, right?  So why aren't we doing more about plagiarism on blogs?  Is it because we don't think of it as stealing?  Because it totally is.  Our words are still our possessions.  We wouldn't standby while someone ripped off John Green or Neil Gaiman's words.  Plagiarism is wrong.  We worked hard to write what we did and it is not fair or just for someone else to come along and willy-nilly pick it up and plop it down in front of them claiming they wrote it.

Perhaps we don't know what we should do.  Should we not be brainstorming about it then?  Before it happens another time and another time, quite possibly to US next?  


Perhaps you have a better idea.  What do YOU think can or should be done about bloggers plagiarizing other bloggers?  

10 comments:

  1. I have definitely boycotted bloggers that are discovered to have plagiarized especially when all they offer is a half-hearted non-apology that hardly recognizes the wrong they've done. This frees me up to spend more time visiting the blogs that do produce original content. Not sure what else we can do...

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    1. What do you think of Jenners idea of shaming? Do you think that would work? Is boycotting enough?

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  2. I boycott bloggers who plagiarize. Once plagiarism is discovered, how can you ever trust anything that comes out of their mouths? I think bloggers who plagiarize, are missing a critical factor when it comes to blogging: it isn't a competition. To me, blogging is fun and community-based. There are so many bookworms out in the blogisphere to "meet" and become friends with. To plagiarize is pretty pointless in my opinion. The rewards of getting ARCs or more hits isn't worth it once it's known that you're a liar and fake for been posting the work of others.

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    1. Exactly! It is not a competition, it is a community! I think some bloggers have gotten into blogging for the wrong reasons to begin with, also. Perhaps they think if they are number one that will make authors and publishers send them books? Little do they know it is all about the social networking and that, you know, it's for the love of books not the procurement of them.

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  3. Ah, I agree wholeheartedly with the "Boycott All Plagiarizers" idea, but why not nip the problem in its bud before bloggers are inclined to take another's content and redistribute it as their own. The consequences of plagiarism should be more publicized so that bloggers would understand what would happen if they should ever steal another's content. As well, young bloggers should be taught that their voice is worth listening to, that there is not problem with their own ideas, even if they aren't as sophisticated as a blogger with seniority.

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    1. I think you are right that there could be a self-confidence component, as well. I try to visit new bloggers and encourage them as much as I can, but I guess we all need to make more of an effort to do so.

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  4. I boycott bloggers who plagiarize, but publishers don't. I know of at least 2 bloggers who've been shown to plagiarize and they're both still running their blogs and receiving ARCs from publishers.

    I'm not sure there's anything you can really do to stop plagiarism entirely. Maybe the best policy is to lead by example, be original and give credit to sources when you use them.

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    1. Lead by example. Now there is a strategy I know by heart and can use to my advantage. If there is one thing I knew as a teacher is that the kids don't listen to what you say as much as they watch what you do. It is a lesson I had to give parents, too. And I think that is definitely something that applies here as well.

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  5. If I knew someone was plagarizing, I'd stop reading them in heartbeat. Perhaps a "blog of shame" listing blogs that violate the basic principles of fairness?

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    1. Is it everyone who plagiarizes or just repeat offenders? If they stop do we take them off the list? If we do, how long before we trust them again and, like Vasilly said, CAN we ever trust them again? It will probably get them to quit blogging altogether, though, truth be told. It is definitely an idea to consider.

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