Sunday, September 20, 2015

There's a Plague of People Copying and Pasting Interviews in Posts and Taking Credit for other People's Work! Or, How not to be an Asshole Plagiarist - Internet Media Edition Vol. 2

I'll just go Ctr+C, Ctr+V and bam! Two plates of pasta! I'm a genius! I get a Pulitzer Prize for this one, right? Right? 

There's a super annoying trend of very lazy bloggers that don't actually write anything and just copy/paste interviews and act like they're quoting them in their posts.

Hey, guess what?

When you do that, you're not quoting or paraphrasing or whatever you cray cray kids call it nowadays. You're not adding your own words to those posts or your own thoughts for that matter. You're copypasta-ing  and then linking to the "full article" at the bottom of the page.

That isn't writing. That isn't composing a post. That's nothing more than sheer laziness and an inability to add your own thoughts to the discussion.

Half the time, I find that they've quoted almost, if not all, of the entire interview and then put a link at the end to the original post.

That's not how citations work, that's not how quotations work. That's pretty much plagiarism. *gasp* Oh noes! Not the big "P" word! Oh yes, yes indeedy I done did use it. Because it's the damn truth.