musings on plagiarism.

so… i was busy plowing through papers today hoping to finish my dissertation. and as usual, my mind floats away from what’s important (i.e. the articles on my laptop screen) and onto the impending doom known as ‘footnoting’. ugh… UEGHHH.

personally, i’m not fond with how schools severely penalise or even outright fail students who do not cite, or fail to cite correctly. it irritates me when some teachers seem to believe that the ONLY LOGICAL CONCLUSION FOR NON-CITATION IS THAT YOU INTENDED TO COPY AND PASS IT OFF AS YOUR OWN WORK. HAH, CAUGHT YOU RED HANDED DIDN’T I?

HOW DARE YOU THINK OF THE SAME THINGS AS OUR GREAT FOREFATHERS AND NOT QUOTE THEM? YOU UNGRATEFUL LITTLE GIT. HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YOUR ROOTS? THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS ON WHICH YOU STOOD ON?

no… sorry sir… i was just expressing my opinion, i wasn’t aware that someone else had previo-

YOU LYING BASTARD, HOW DARE YOU.

no sir, really, i was just walking down the park that day when i thought abou-

AGAIN? YOU INCORRIGIBLE LITTLE TWAT.

granted, that was a caricature. there might be perfectly legitimate needs for citation; for one, it makes referencing a lot easier. there might be lazy good for nothings who truly copy and paste and hope to pass it off as their work; and other legitimately perfect legitimate reasons.

but… sigh. in this day and age where even thoughts have become some sort of property, we seemingly can no longer claim to individual, independent, and original thought half the time. every thought is viewed as a rehash or a derivative of a previous one. to the point where we no longer appreciate someone’s thoughts as much just because someone else had thought about it first.

ultimately i’m just venting over the unenviable tasks and, god-forbid, possible doomsday scenarios which follow. bah.

back to work.

p/s: this somewhat extends to my sentiments regarding patenting and copyrights too.

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