In light of the recent Sotto plagiarism boohoo, here’s a thing about plagiarism and the good (that’s debatable) Senator should learn something.
“I think that the biggest compliment you can pay a fellow writer is to tell him that you wish you’d written one of their stories. But don’t plagiarize. It’s one of the easiest and fastest mistakes you can make as a writer. And, also, the fastest way to ruin your career.
After all, good or bad, your words should be your own.”
Maybe you heard that CNN host and columnist Fareed Zakaria admitted to plagiarizing an article by Harvard professor Jill Lenore. It was more like a couple of lines actually. Anyway, he apologized and all that.
All this got me thinking. Why do it? And before I set my imagination free, I’d like to say that I’m not trying to find excuses for what Zakaria did. Plagiarism is a terrible thing to do. It’s wrong, but as most wrongs in nature, they happen for a million different reasons, or for no reason at all.
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