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Blog Post #10: Own Your Own Education



Terms of Service are every where in our lives. I downloaded a song on iTunes the other day and I had to be reminded of the TOS of using and buying from the iTunes app. Let me just tell you how quickly I clicked agree so my song could start downloading! Just as much as we don't pay attention to the TOS on apps and social media we use daily, we could apply even more so to websites used for scholarly use or educational use. But why? Why is it just so easy to skip over the few pages worth of terms and services instead of reading and being more educated as to our rights on these apps, websites, scholarly and educational sites? First of all, our society has grown to have an attention span of about 1-2 minutes. Secondly, have you ever really skimmed the terms and services? TOS is loaded with heavy verbiage used to almost intentionally turn the reader off from actually wanting to read. Luckily there are sites out there which help to decipher our very legal TOS agreement. As mentioned in the prompt, there is a website known as, which is one of the key leaders in providing a way to understand the TOS. In my personal opinion, federal law should most definitely require websites, apps, etc. to provide a service such as TOSDR. Why? Because it is absolutely pertinent that we understand what our rights are as we use these apps. I mean, wasn't this country founded on the idea that every citizen has his/her rights and should be told what his/her rights are? We are now in a day in age where it has become a social norm to be ignorant about how we are allowed to use websites, apps, and items essential to us and how they are allowed to use us! Look at Google for goodness sakes, they filter through our emails to sell out that private information to sell their ad spots! Bringing the violation of rights back to an educational stand point, look at the GSU email. Are we at risk of being filtered through for purposes un-benounced to us?



Blog Post #10: TOS Education View Point

Education is a very important part of our lives, for adults and college students alike; we learn something new every single moment of the day, whether we are typing a blog post or reading a case brief. One thing I know all of the world is guilty of, especially me because there is no one lazier than I, is failing to learn about the Terms and Services which come with almost every app and website we have access to. Failing to read the TOS is one of the biggest mistakes anyone out there could make; did you know some of our rights can be taken away through TOS? With the idea of TOS being very pertinent to the education of the app or website we are using, should schools be obligated to respect the rights their students have on school orientated websites? Without a doubt, schools MUST be obligated to respect their students rights for two main reasons: we pay money to have access to these websites and therefore we should get the full extent of our money but also because the irony of a school restricting the right of a student of access an educational website is unheard of. Speaking in specific, Georgia State should respect student rights due to tuition and their obligation to the student education. Colleges and schools alike need to respect their students as if they were apart of the system, which brings up another question: Should schools involve students in negotiations for rights? I don't believe students would be up in arms to negotiate for their rights online, just because of the microscopic attention given to the TOS anyway, but I do believe students should have the right to negotiate for them. There might be some students who are involved enough. There should be more attention paid to the TOS, mostly because of they dictate the way we use things (apps, websites, etc.) and how they use us (tracking, microphone, etc.).

Blog Post #7: Plagiarism

BBC News story on Pharrell Williams plagiarizing "Blurred Lines" song.
BBC News story on Pharrell Williams plagiarizing "Blurred Lines" song.

Plagiarism. The first thing I typed into Google to get a sense of what was online about the topic. The first item to pop up was a story about Pharrell Williams being accused of being involved with plagiarizing one of the most played songs, "Blurred Lines". I believe the story of Pharrell Williams speaks to how common the issue of plagiarism is; plagiarism is not something that just happens to college students, but it can also happen to some of the richest and well known people. The question this story raises is, how do we stop the issue? Based on the works posted in the prompt, we know the plagiarism can be easily done but can also be helped.

The article "Forget About Policing Plagiarism. Just Teach." by Rebecca Moore Howard describes how easily students are able to access free or paid-for term papers written by someone else; Howard points out these issues may stem from poorly outlined projects. How can students be able to perform when they do not have clear guidelines? I believe the issue does not only lays in the hands of professors who fail to outline their papers properly but also students who lack the drive or motivation to perform their own works or ask for extra help.

Researching on the web, I found a student orientated media website called the Loquitur ( A student named Leanne Pantone posted on the media website and described how she felt about plagiarism and highlighted the idea that only students who are lazy plagiarize; another student commented back to her pointing out that sometimes students have too many tasks on their hands to keep up with the demand of assignments. Maybe students should take it easy and go slower? I believe students are always in charge of how committed they are; if one chooses to turn someone else's' work, they consciously making a decision to break the law. Maybe providing class time to work on projects and working collaboratively with the professor as well as students may provide a more supportive environment to do one's work.