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Originality, imitaton and plagiarism: teaching writing in the digital age: book review

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Abstract


  • At one stage in the anthology Originality, imitation and plagiarism: Teaching writing in

    the digital age, it is pointed out that students ‘worry’ about plagiarism in the same way

    that they worry about engaging in file-sharing or illegally downloading software. That

    is – they don’t. The attendant risks of getting caught or becoming vulnerable to a

    computer virus are recognised as the potential bad outcomes, but have become

    steadily normalised. This analogy, with its viral undertones, nicely expresses the

    quandary at the heart of a discussion of students’ writing in the digital age, where the

    expanded possibilities of online research seem to not only model but to openly invite

    copying practices. It is increasingly difficult for student writers to negotiate the

    competing pressures of popular media culture, which actively complicate the

    concepts of originality and imitation, and the pedagogical directives to avoid

    plagiarism in their academic work. The issue is not as clear cut as some plagiarism

    policies might suggest, as the complexities of fair use and copyright of online material

    are being debated both in and out of the academy. This anthology explores the

    blurred lines of the often confusing and contradictory approaches to writing in the

    digital age, with individual essays addressing – through a range of disciplines and

    technologies – the central question of how ethical research and writing standards and

    practices can be fostered while simultaneously taking advantage of the opportunities

    provided by new technologies.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Walker, R. (2009). Originality, imitaton and plagiarism: teaching writing in the digital age: book review. International Journal of Educational Integrity, 5 (1), 38-39.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1462&context=asdpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/451

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 38

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/issue/current

Abstract


  • At one stage in the anthology Originality, imitation and plagiarism: Teaching writing in

    the digital age, it is pointed out that students ‘worry’ about plagiarism in the same way

    that they worry about engaging in file-sharing or illegally downloading software. That

    is – they don’t. The attendant risks of getting caught or becoming vulnerable to a

    computer virus are recognised as the potential bad outcomes, but have become

    steadily normalised. This analogy, with its viral undertones, nicely expresses the

    quandary at the heart of a discussion of students’ writing in the digital age, where the

    expanded possibilities of online research seem to not only model but to openly invite

    copying practices. It is increasingly difficult for student writers to negotiate the

    competing pressures of popular media culture, which actively complicate the

    concepts of originality and imitation, and the pedagogical directives to avoid

    plagiarism in their academic work. The issue is not as clear cut as some plagiarism

    policies might suggest, as the complexities of fair use and copyright of online material

    are being debated both in and out of the academy. This anthology explores the

    blurred lines of the often confusing and contradictory approaches to writing in the

    digital age, with individual essays addressing – through a range of disciplines and

    technologies – the central question of how ethical research and writing standards and

    practices can be fostered while simultaneously taking advantage of the opportunities

    provided by new technologies.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Walker, R. (2009). Originality, imitaton and plagiarism: teaching writing in the digital age: book review. International Journal of Educational Integrity, 5 (1), 38-39.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1462&context=asdpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/451

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 38

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/issue/current