Blog #7: Defining Plagiarism

Plagiarism can best be defined as using another person’s words or ideas without giving any due credit. The definition may change from person to person but this act is still a common crime. These criminals range from any age in our world today. The likelihood of an adult plagiarizing Sometimes a small number of people are affected and other times everyone is affected. The original writer or idealist of these stolen words will lose their recognition for their personal work. Anyone can copy them and make a profit or fame for it. I would be completely angry if I were to find out someone else is making money from my idea. It is not fair that it is so easy to take and copy someone else’s work. The work the WPA does with the writing and workshops to prevent these acts such as raising awareness.
As Rebecca Schuman stated in the blog post, plagiarism is becoming more commonplace. Consequently, it is making the resolution of this problem a little more difficult to achieve. What are the solutions? Well, you can easily find the people who do get caught plagiarizing. In turn, the writer that has stolen another’s work will be punished but not too harshly. They will still face some type of consequence. I feel that this would be the best method of policing plagiarism efficiently. If you were to take a more harsh punishment such as jail time it would become a social problem rather quickly. You can best avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the owner of the words or ideas. There are a couple of ways to give credit. One of them is citing. Work citing will allow you to give all information needed and keep the original format. The WPA helps with certain things such as that to lower the chances of having to plagiarize from the beginning.
In conclusion, stealing someone elses work is not fair and should not be tolerated any further. These simple measures can be taken to police this activity and allow every writer to receive their accreditation. Help stop plagiarism!

One thought on “Blog #7: Defining Plagiarism”

  1. There are things in your post that I agree and disagree with. I would also be angry if someone took my work as their own.

    I think the word criminal is a little harsh for those who plagiarize. Most people who plagiarize do not truly know what they are doing. Plagiarism has become a big problem not because of the amount of people who are attempting to steal other’s idea’s but because they don’t know that they are doing it. I think that is important to properly teach people what plagiarism is. Some people do plagiarize deliberately and deserve to be punished for what they are doing. It is absolutely wrong. But with the growing use of technology and the easy accessibility to the information most people do not even think to realize that they are using someone else’s idea without properly given them the credit they deserve.

    I do agree with you on many of the things that you said but I believe that teachers need to appropriately teach students what plagiarism is. Sometimes it is difficult to explain what is and is not plagiarism. It has absolutely become more common place. Working citing is important and crucial. Once we begin to give credit to those whose credit it is due, I believe that the amount of plagiarism will begin to decrease.

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