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Site Traffic and Plagiarism

It has come to my attention, thanks to the Site Stats feature offered by WordPress, that no small number of views coming to my blog stem from Google searches for papers, with the most popular being Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Thucydides, and Tribalism. I can only assume these searches are coming from undergraduates.

This post is a not-so-friendly reminder that all written work featured on this blog, unless otherwise noted or cited, is my sole intellectual property and therefore copyrighted. Astute readers will see that this copyright is noted at the bottom of the page. Any use of my writing without my express written consent or valid citation is a violation of this copyright and constitutes plagiarism.

Further, plagiarism is not simply morally wrong; it is incredibly unintelligent. For those who may or may not be utilizing my ideas directly or indirectly for their own coursework, you rob yourselves of the great experience of reading and learning on your own, and creating your own views and opinions on the great works of our philosophical ancestors. You do a disservice first to yourselves by denying yourself the opportunity of truly earning an education. Next, you do a disservice to the author from whom you plagiarize by not giving credit where credit is due. Following this, you do a disservice to your classmates and your professors by failing to appropriately  participate in the academic community. Take ownership of your ideas, and respect the work of others.

Categories: Academe
  1. May 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    All negative perspectives on potential plagiarism of your work aside, you might be honored to have your work stolen. 🙂

    • May 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      I suppose in some small way it is flattering, but perhaps I should adopt the Taoist perspective; if I make my writing useless and ugly, it will be of no use to anyone and so it will be left alone and live a long and undisturbed life on the internet…

  2. May 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Nah. Leave the Taoist approach to me; you keep up the scholarship.

  3. May 10, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    You are far too disparaging of your own work! Let’s both agree to keep the scholarship up, and leave the Taoism for another day.

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