Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: On the Rocks with a Bitch and a Bottle
Re: Hannah Hardy Plagiarized Her Way To Popularity - by M.W. (credit to Wes_FR as wel
There's a difference between plagiarizing and "absorbing" another's opinion that you agree with.
Might as well take wrestling as an example.
I've spoken to guys about a lot of wrestling on other forums, and if they say something that stands out to me as being a valid point that I completely agree with, then chances are I'm gonna use it in some form if I'm discussing it with someone regarding the matter. It doesn't have to be "stealing" their view; you're more or less taking a viewpoint that wasn't necessarily yours to begin with and using it in a discussion. Now, if you're taking it word for word (the ol' copy and paste job, for example), that'd be plagiarizing, I guess (assuming you don't cite the source and all that jazz). Regardless of who said it first, if you completely agree with that opinion, that opinion is now your opinion, too. If you take the general opinion and put it across in your own words, does that still constitute plagiarism?
It's gonna get to the stage where, at some point, you'll have taken in so many opinions and viewpoints and been a part of so many conversations that you'll perhaps form opinions based off of them, consciously or subconsciously.
If I personally take a direct quote from someone else, say on another board, for example, then I'll say something like "So, this guy said this and I pretty much agree completely" or whatever, but I don't really remember the last time I did that anyway to point to a decent example.
If you "absorb" an opinion, though, without having to directly copy it word for word or whatever, then that's a whole different story. It's not as if you can control what someone's going to say, and if they happen to say something you agree with, it's not like people are going to be afraid to agree with it for fear of ridicule on a message board because they plagiarized. You agree with what you agree with, and that's pretty much that.
An opinon has to generate from somewhere. It's not as if you wake up one day and think "Y'know, Kurt Angle fuckin' sucks"... you form opinions like that from what you see, and to an extent, what you read. If people were to cite the original source of every one of their opinions in some form, we'd have stupidly long posts all over the place.
Kinda like this one.
This is just a general, broad statement, btw. I'm talking to no one in particular with this.