Oinker of the Day 11.2

The age of the Internet has resulted in an onslaught of plagiarism on college campuses. As a result, students are being kicked out of school and degrees are being revoked. If everybody cheats a little bit to get by — whether its on their taxes or not returning change when you get too much back — what’s the big deal?

— Margo Pierce

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3 Comments on “Oinker of the Day 11.2”

  1. Jim Says:

    I report my Ohio Use Tax and I gave a dollar back to the Harvest Home vendor who gave me too much change. I can’t identify with the concept of “everyone cheating” unless jay-walking after looking both ways is also considered cheating. As Barney Fife would say, “You got to nip it in the bud, Andy.”

  2. Brian Says:

    Cheating is such a circumstancial thing. Stealing to feed your family could be seen as excusable but cheating on your taxes is done by thousands and only prosecuted if one is caught. Revoking someone’s degree seems extreme but if presenting academic work as one’s own when it’s not? A college degree shouldn’t be awarded if it hasn’t really been earned.
    But these days it can sometimes seem to matter only if one is caught, not whether one is being honest or not.

  3. Westside John Says:

    If I remember correctly from my college days, as long as you footnote a piece used in say a bookreport or essay you are OK to use it. Obviously if this is the bulk of your work you have a problem but I see no problem with using someone elses work to enhance yours.


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