Mother Goose and the Blogging Plagiarist

Slashdot has a post up about some alleged article about plagiarism among bloggers. Of course, the site the article is on is down, so you'll have to rely on a copy-and-paste job to read the text. The author confuses "plagiarism" with copyright infringement, which is always annoying. I know I have zero problem with someone "ripping" all my amazing blog posts and publishing them verbatim on his dime on some WackyProf website. As long as he's kind enough to mention where he got the text, why do I care? It's just free publicity. For example, here's a quote from someone whose name I can't remember. I don't know, let's just call him/her Mr. Glutes:


Dornsife article on technology and plagiarism

My colleague Rob Dornsife just published the following in _Radical Pedagogy_:
"Coming to (Digital) Terms: The Work of Art in the Age of Non-Mechanical Reproduction" at

a few concerns about Wikibooks

Kim White, my colleague at The Institute for the Future of the Book, just posted on our blog a small informal case study of the "collaboration of the month" textbook featured at Wikibooks -- a spin-off project of Wikipedia developing open-content textbooks. Worth taking a look.

UPDATE: On fostering a better, more nuanced debate about Wikipedia and the open source model for education in general... HERE

(We're keeping Wikibooks in the corner of our eye as we continue developing our own digital textbook project next\text.)


Wily cheaters exploit popular gadgets

From ASCD SmartBrief:

Wily cheaters exploit popular gadgets
As cheaper cell phones, cameras and other gadgets become more widespread with students, some fear that "technocheating" could grow. Districts are taking steps to thwart clever students, who ingeniously replace the ingredient labels of candy wrappers with tiny scanned crib sheets or load low-cost USB flash drives with hundreds of megabytes of notes. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (free registration)


Buying a Paper via IM

As someone whose presentation at CCCC dealt with plagiarism issues, and who's read Jenny Edbauer's thoughts on plagiarism and works for hire with considerable interest, I thought the comment-storm tempest at MetaFilter and elsewhere over the college student who solicited a stranger via



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