02 Originality issue in the internet.

I found an article talk about the plagiarism issue in digital age. There are some interesting points which stated by some academic experts.

“Now we have a whole generation of students who’ve grown up with information that just seems to be hanging out there in cyberspace and doesn’t seem to have an author. It’s possible to believe this information is just out there for anyone to take.” – Teresa Fishman, director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University.

I agree that students nowadays can easily achieve a bunch of information or free resources through Google’s search engine. They didn’t concern about the original sources or original author, they just depend to the convenience of technology and get what they want.  Therefore, students should be educate with the proper understanding about authorship.

Another idea from the article is Sarah Wilensky, a senior at Indiana University said that

“Relaxing plagiarism standards does not foster creativity, it fosters laziness. You’re not coming up with new ideas if you’re grabbing and mixing and matching.”

But I think that new and great ideas can be generate by grabbing, mixing and matching in creative ways. It is the remix culture.

I’ll continue discuss about the remix culture or intertextuality in my next post.


Nytimes.com, (2014). Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in the Digital Age – NYTimes.com. [online] Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/education/02cheat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2& [Accessed 20 Dec. 2014].


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