Thursday, May 04, 2006

programmed for plagiarism
From an article in Thursday's Harvard Crimson:

If several rounds of editors at Viswanathan's publishing house, Little, Brown, couldn't weed the words of other writers from the sophomore's novel before it went to press, how can professors and teaching fellows at Harvard expect to police plagiarism in coursework?

An Oakland, Calif.-based software company says it has a solution.

The company's anti-plagiarism system, TurnItIn, scans student papers for similarities with previous work.


I bet if you fed TurnItIn a hundred MFA workshop poems, it would explode.

What I found most interesting was this oh-so-subtle question:
"If an editor of a crappy teenage novel can't do so... the heck can we expect this of a mere Harvard professor?"

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At 11:57 PM, Blogger SarahJane said...

Yeah, I'm working on putting my name on a few poems, too.
How's this -

That April with its showers!
The drought o'March is pierced
in its root!

Or something like that.



At 4:55 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

You're stealing ctg's work?

My my... how low can you go?

Here's a bit of good news:
Only five digits on this particular word verification code!

Very easy to type. It's like posting for free.



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