A year and a half ago, we discussed famed author Malcolm Gladwell's realization that plagiarism isn't necessarily as bad as everyone makes it out to be. In that article, he looks at a variety of cases (including one that involved his own words being used without his permission) and notes that, while jarring, it often isn't such a bad thing. The plagiarist, in many cases, is taking the original work and doing something different with it -- and sometimes that something different is better, while taking away nothing from the original. That's why it's been interesting to read the reactions to the Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarism case. However, by far the most interesting article on the topic may be the discussion in New York Magazine: Thanks to Kaavya Viswanathan, Everyone Is a Plagiarism Suspect. Why so interesting? Practically the entire article is plagiarized from other sources.
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