PLAGIARISTS - The Scourge of Humanity?
Blog Posted:12/31/2019 2:47:00 PM
Evil. Egghead. Vile. Cheater. Thief. Deception. Imposter. Lowlife.
Wow! And those are just some of the terms used by some of you fellow soupers on just one of the many poems I've read recently about a poet who allegedly copied poems from someone else and posted it as his own, ie, plagiarized.
So let's put this out front - plagiarism is wrong. It is a form of theft and, if we're being honest, just not very nice. And it's nothing new. Even professional authors, journalists and song writers have been accused of it. But be patient with me as we take a stroll down multiple choice lane. See if you can pick out the worst of the bunch:
1. Adolph Hitler
3. Joseph Stalin
4. Judas Iscariot
5. Gr..... P...
Or how about this one:
Now, if you picked #5 from the first list and #3 from the second let me just say that I'm seriously concerned about you. In fact, I think most of you would agree that #5 and #3 really doesn't belong on either list. Why? Because it/he just ain't in the same category as the rest.
I know, I know, you're thinking that I'm stating the obvious and that of course plagiarism isn't on par with murder or pedophilia. Which takes me back to line one of this blog- evil, vile, lowlife. So what's my point?
I say let's quit with all the hate and recognize the sin for what it is - a minor error(s) committed by someone who may just be lonely or desperate for attention. He has NOT been booted from PS as some have stated and even if he was he can still read all the hateful things being said about him (by amateur poets no less who stand to make exactly zero dollars from their contributions here). Dead poets don't stand to lose income either when an amateur copies and posts his work on an amateur site such as this.
I marvel because so many of you preach love and tolerance in your poetry. Such beautiful sentiments, but utterly useless unless put into practice. I know we can do better. I'm confident that we will.