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  •  Writing is hard work indeed (12+ / 0-)

    A lot of my students like to quote their source material, often very extensively.  They do cite the source but I point out that they aren't really producing their own product if all they do is string together a bunch of quotes.  

    This article has a section that I think is relevant to this issue.  The author, Brett Arends, cites several examples of high profile news organizations that either want to or actually do 'hire' writers to work for free.

    You get what you pay for.  Arends states that readers are no longer willing to pay for information.  I have seen this attitude here on dKos.  While the statement that information should be free sounds noble it does lead to the devaluation of said information.  My guess is that it also leads to increases in plagiarism although I have no data to back up that hypothesis.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:01:42 AM PDT

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