Corporate Self-Plagiarism

CrimeJason J just posted an interesting email on the ISED-L discussion list about plagiarism and corporations. We teach students that all orginal materials are sacredly owned by individuals, and plagiarism is a crime against another individvual. However, when our students enter the working world, most original work is owned by the companies, and the companies expect or require that material is “plagiarized” from other employees to speed the creation of reports, proposals, letters and other information.

Hmm– a shared content environment, instead of a “single combat warrior” world. Could it be that the individual is simply over-emphasized in our educational systems? Or are we simply more concerned about assessing individuals than appreciating their ability to understand and synthesize content? This could help explain the radical discomfort some faculty have with the very idea of Wikipedia, for example. “The center can’t hold!”

As for corporate self-plagiarism, a vist to this site is worthwhile. Follow it’s link to the Cyrilic site– the images are fascinating. I hope to use this site next year in the Film and Video course I teach.

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