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Plagiarism: Loosen up, Man.

After reading Howard’s article “Forget about Policing Plagiarism. Just Teach.” I found myself questioning what side I stand in with and the answer is against. Plagiarism is stealing ideas as far as I’m concerned and since we have things like copyrights, patents, and trademarks, why should internet sources not be enforced? If I create a piece of work and decide to publish it on the internet I understand I am putting my content on a public domain, but I still believe I am entitled to credit just as companies with trademarks, etc. are. On top of that the website’s teachers are using to combat plagiarism are taking away from students “intellectual property rights” because the website is given permission to store these papers in their databases.

However, from reading Howard’s article I can see how the other side believes it shouldn’t be a big deal. Teacher-student relationships are much more hostile now. How can you expect to teach someone if you suspect that they are cheating on every assignment? How are you ever to trust them on future assignments and distinguish what they do and don’t know? The curiosity and distrust between the two are something that plagiarism has brought out and does make the whole relationship seem like a criminal-police relationship as Howard describes it. And honestly, how criminal is it to forget to add a simple quotation mark or a citation? The problem at hand is not as big as people are making it out be sometimes. Students have multiple other classes so if they cut some corners along the way to speed up the process along the way what’s the matter? A paragraph or two copy and pasted from an article couldn’t make that much of a difference could it?

As a student I can surely tell you doesn’t. Sometimes when you’re writing an essay another persons words can sum up what your trying to say and it would only take a seconds to copy down, so why not? It isn’t an issue taking a persons ideas, the true issue is citing that persons work so that credit is due where it is needed. Students aren’t trying to cheat their way through all your assignments by copy and pasting entire articles, they’re just trying to speed up the process of producing work. I think plagiarism is an important thing to prevent in classrooms but not in such harsh ways, just guiding your student about how to properly give credit is all that’s needed to be done.

Untitled Post – Blog #3

Autonomy is something special that we as humans hold dear to us. The ability to freely do as a you wish is something that all people believe in, within reason of course, but as we come into the age of Social Media we find that our autonomy is slowly deteriorating and here's why.

Privacy is becoming a thing of the past. Anything that is put on the internet is open for any ones eyes to see because the internet is a public domain. Our lives are shared amongst our friends but in truth its shared with everyone. Went shopping with your friends then got a burger and decided to capture the fun with a quick picture for all your friends to see? Not anymore, and it gets worse when privacy is lost between your professional and personal life. A fun night out on the town with your friends bar hopping and a picture of you blacked out can now turn into a nightmare. We are slowly losing our freedom to do things in private and I believe that is a HUGE problem that we have the responsibility to protect.

We as humans have the responsibility to challenge these invasions of privacy and reclaim our autonomy. In Rosen's, "The Deciders", he talks about a case in which GPS tracking devices should be used to tail criminals for surveillance. The case made it to the Supreme Court but could not be decided if GPS tracking was a violation of Constitutional rights because  we have no expectations of privacy in our public movements. However in 2010, Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals disagreed with that on the grounds that "No reasonable person expects that his movements will be continuously monitored from door to door; all of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the “whole” of our movements in public". I believe this same principle applies to the privacy on the internet in which we all believe to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Taking to the courts is one possible way of provoking change just as the GPS problem was solved but online we can this is much easier ways like writing a blog, posting a video to spread awareness, and the biggest way to stop the invasion of privacy, stop posting everything that you don't want everyone to know about. Protect your autonomy because it truly is something that makes us human. We learn and grown around the idea that freedom is a God given right that should be provided to us all, but at the end of the day it becomes the users responsibility to protect him or herself.

Sources:

http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2011/05/02-free-speech-rosen