Thursday, March 31, 2005

Internet Sensation!

I would hope everyone's seen this (it's been on Boing Boing after all, but Zack didn't blog it) but if you haven't, where have you been? (Don't say Hawaii.)

Basically, a college girl (whose name has now been changed on the site, unless you look at the page address, which as of now remains unchanged) IMed a guy offering to pay him to write a paper on Hindu for her, and he decided to write a purposely bad paper to see if she would turn it in, and if so, he would bust her for plagiarism.

Much more detailed than that if you read about it, and check out the follow-up stories, and the hundreds of comments debating the ethics of plagiarism versus the ethics of maliciously (and publicly) busting someone for plagiarism. I guess it's been one of those "big on the 'net" things this week. I fall unabashedly in the no-sympathy camp, but then, I like meanness.

Besides, asking a total stranger on the Internet to write a paper for you and then blaming the stranger for shafting you is like sticking your hand in a fire and blaming the fire for burning you. Okay, not quite. But you get the idea. It's late.

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