Tag: plagiarism

No kidding around with blogging regret

The American Thinker points out that Ben Domenech, the “Red State” blogger who took a spot at the Washington Post only to resign this morning after he was outed for blatant plagiarism, is guilty of multiple transgressions. Too bad – he should have thought before he copied.

Unfortunately, the blogosphere is abuzz with commentary on the virtriol Domenech sometimes spewed, and later regreted.

“There is not a blogger on this planet who has not written something and then regretted hitting the “publish” button. The immediacy and speed with which blogs cover and comment on issues sometimes leads to writing stupid, emotional posts full of ad-hominem attacks and vituperative digressions from the facts.”

I don’t condone – in fact I denounce the guy’s actions – he may win the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award after only a few days on the job – that could be a record. But, it is getting apparent that people are going too far – using the tools given them to seek and destroy.

We are quickly forgetting we are human, and this will only get worse. Many are laughing now – but their turn will come up soon.

“You cannot always prevent people from speaking evil about you, but you can live so that their stories will be false.” — Unknown

Lookee there. I don’t even know who the hell said that, but how damn easy is it to give a little credit anyway? Too damn easy.

What a sad, pathetic bunch, on all sides. Someone thinks they won here, but in the grand scheme, everyone will turn out the loser.

Podcasts may be the future of journalism

I’ve got a few hours before dinner, so I decided to listened to this week’s Left, Right and Center, compliments of iTunes, but sans iPod. Right in the middle of it (multitasking, of course), I read that another reporter has been caught and sacked for plagiarizing internet content.

I first wondered whether Tim Ryan of the Honolulu Star Bulletin would place highly in the “Press Plagiarist Of The Year Award” voting, and then pondered how far a reporter would go to piece together other’s content, knowing fully that he or she risked their job in a dying breed of media.

Would they copy articles word for word? Yes. Could they pass off a voice recording as their own? No. And then I thought that despite all the banter, both positive and negative, about podcasts, are they the solution to all this goofiness?

The tables have turned on rag media

Up until recently, bloggers were viewed as the scourge of journalistic integrity (as if there ever was any).

I may still think blogging doesn’t have a viable business model, outside of selling a network of so-so sites tied to a couple of really good ones, but traditional journalists are surely on their heals if they are stealing blog content.

When the blogging community nabs a writer pinching their content and using it as their own, that’s one thing. When the bloggers start offering the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award, you can bet magazine and newspaper staffs are going to be a lot more careful from here on out.

***UPDATE***

A newspaper’s problems, read graphically. Is journalism somehow losing value, or are people just getting wiser?