Plagiarism And The Reasons College Students

1618 Words Dec 14th, 2015 7 Pages
Fruitless Writing
Mark Twain (1903) an American writer, stated in a letter to his friend, Helen Keller that the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances— is plagiarism. Plagiarism damages reputations, both personal and universal; it promotes mediocrity, extinguishes creativity, limits educational experiences and exsanguinates learning. Metaphorically speaking, if a deadly virus is left untreated, an epidemic will begin and eventually will deplete a population. Plagiarism acts as a fastidious, pathogenic, virus infecting others with a mentality of mediocrity and commonplace, and eventually annihilates true learning and creative talent. If left untreated or ignored, this problem will continue to rise from the current state and transform into a constant. There are ways to prevent this unruly fact, but one must be ready to face the obvious situation, and take measures to limit this growing problem. This article will explain plagiarism and the reasons college students turn so quickly to such an unstable “solution”. It will also present alternative ideas to learning and measures to limit the need that students feel for plagiarism and promote personal creativity. Not only do we see this moral plague in academics, but in many other fields, such as entertainment, art, and the written world. Thus it can be explained as receiving an ownership on someone’s work without their permission and without giving any credit to them intentionally or…
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