“A wise man will always allow a fool to rob him of ideas without yelling “Thief.”If he is wise he has not been impoverished. The thief flatters us by stealing. We flatter him by complaining.” ― Ben Hecht.
This week’s Word Prompt on partner Susan ansd my alternate site Weekly Prompts is FAIR DINKUM.
It is an Australian /New Zealand term used to emphasize that behavior complies with accepted standards. In this instance cutting and pasting an original post and claiming it as your own property is clearly not fair dinkum in any sense of the word.
Is there a substantive difference between a butcher carving up a slab of meat and a plagiarist who is audacious enough to cut-and-paste one person’s intellectual property ( in this instance a blog article) and pass it off as their own?
In this analogy the butcher is doing his job and preparing the meat for marketability and sale. The plagiarist is literally butchering another’s thoughts and ideas and hoping to enhance their own skill and talents as a writer and thinker.
In truth our egos are stroked when a fellow blogger wants to re post our offering on their blog site. Our natural inclination is to welcome the invitation, thank the person for his/her consideration .
But there are those who use this ready acceptance as a loophole to advance their own causes and this is what this article is trying to prevent.
We work hard to present creative offerings for our blog and should not have to fret over the fact that our long hours of intellectual struggle will be subverted by a fellow blogger taking full advantage of our trust and at times naivete.