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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A Week of Kindness Blog: Laura K. Pahl is a Plagiarist.

File this under Zen and the art of plagiarism. A blogger is contacted by a college student who offers to pay him to write a paper on a Hindu related topic. He agrees, but writes a paper full of intentional errors, and alerts her school about the whole thing. Bad Karma? Bad prank? The comments range from very jokey to very serious discussions of the ethical ramifications. Here's one of the latter:

In my mind, the ultimate question is this: what position are we in to judge others and to determine what is good for them, especially when our 'help' actually leads to a tremendous amount of hardship for them? I think there are some particularly striking examples of this kind of behavior in the world today. No matter what judgment you personally make, I think it's important to give this matter some careful thought.

Much more good stuff here for those with time to read through it. What do you think his response should have been?


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