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April 17, 2009

Hola amigos — been a while since I rapped at ya. Pneumonia will do that, but thankfully I’m on the mend. (You know you’re sick when you don’t even want to watch tv.)

Anyways, sorry for the link dump of the last post. Pursuant to my last post with actual content, my prof (also the head of our side of the grad program) sent out an e-mail this morning to all of us pro-trackers:

Check out what’s happening over at UMass-Amherst with a student journalist.
I really don’t understand why people keep doing this. Of course she was going to get found out in this world.
What do you all think?

My response:
What do you mean, what do I think? There’s no question. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I know I’ll be faced with tough deadlines, and I know that if I say, “Oh, I’d NEVER do something like that!” it will surely bite me in the ass years down the line (and let me hasten to say that I do NOT plan to fail). But when I ask myself if something is legit, my driving principle has always been, “If you worry that someone could find out, they probably will.”

So I don’t.

End of story.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2009 9:17 pm

    Yeah, I agree completely. There’s no excuse to plagiarize. I don’t really know what else there is to say on it 🙂

  2. Squid permalink
    April 20, 2009 4:10 pm

    Plagiarism used to be a sign of laziness. These days, it’s a sign of laziness AND stupidity, as one must surely know that one will get caught sooner than later.

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