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Archived updates for Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Plagiarizing Malcolm Gladwell

In a November 15 article for The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell describes the plagiarism of his own work, and how fighting piracy has become an obsession with Hollywood and the recording industry. "In the worlds of academia and publishing, plagiarism has gone from being bad literary manners to something much closer to a crime," he writes. "We have somehow decided that copying is never acceptable and the ethics of plagiarism have turned into the narcissism of small differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence."
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