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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Jack Shafer addresses the issue in Slate: Why plagiarists do it.

The best explanation in the list:

Writing Is Hard Work: A corollary to ambition exceeding talent. Even prolific writers, who can toss off a thousand words an hour, complain about the difficulty of writing. Writing well is a difficult enterprise. So is writing poorly. With so many examples of good writing out there to “borrow,” why suffer only to write poorly?

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1 Comment

  1. Like everything else in life, it’s a cost-benefit analysis. What’s new is that the “cost” (i.e., the probability) of potentially getting caught has increased tremendously in the Internet age, a fact not fully incorporated into some plagiarists’ calculus — especially younger ones.

    Comment by KipEsquire — Tuesday, May 2, 2006 @ 11:12 am

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