Plagiarism 2.0 : the new economy of academic dishonesty

Sternberg, Jason S. (2009) Plagiarism 2.0 : the new economy of academic dishonesty. In Horton, Eleanor (Ed.) Proceedings of The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference 2008, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-12.

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As a writer, teacher and scholar of ‘the knowledge economy’ in the broadest sense, plagiarism fascinates me. I first encountered plagiarism in my Year 12 English class. We had been working for weeks writing poems and had submitted them to our teacher Mr How for assessment. Mr How was generally a pleasant individual who I remember as one of my favourite school teachers; however, he did not suffer fools easily. The time arrived for each of us to read our work to the class. Year 12 poetry being what it usually is, most of our efforts tended to blur into an angsty, slightly pretentious, self-important mess (similar to staff meetings in many university departments). However, one student’s poem stood out. It was emotive, insightful and economical in its use of language … and best of all, it did not suck! The poem’s author was one of the class’ biggest jocks, and not usually one to display such sensitivity, so we were all a little taken aback by what we were hearing. Stunned silence! At the poem’s conclusion, Mr How congratulated the student on such an excellent effort and produced a copy of the collected works of Emily Dickenson (if I remember correctly) from under his desk. He asked the student to turn to a page he had marked and recite the poem printed there. It was, of course, the same one the student had passed off as his. This time, there was no stunned silence: just the sound of remorseful sobs from our jock-poet-plagiarist who had been exposed in front of his classmates.

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ID Code: 76330
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Plagarism, Creative Commons, Processing Information, Internet, Creative Industries, HERN
ISBN: 9781741072914
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2014 23:19
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2016 21:28

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