The Difference Between Originality And Plagiarism

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The Difference Between Originality and Plagiarism Intertextuality and the Discourse Community, a text written by James E. Porter, discusses two general and possibly the most concentrated concepts of writing today. “(1) That writing must be original and (2) that if a writer “borrows” ideas from other writing without acknowledging that borrowing, the writer is plagiarizing”(Wardle & Downs 395). Throughout Porter’s text, he explores intertextuality, the principle that all writing and speech—indeed, all signs—arise from a single network: what Vygotsky called “the web of meaning”(Porter 396). He states that it is not possible to create a text that does not contain previous sources. Therefore he does not believe that you can be original. A text written by Nancy Sommers, I Stand Here Writing, describes her intention of teaching her students that “sources thicken, complicate, enlarge writing”(Sommers 570), but it is “always the writer’s voice, vision, and argument that create the new source”(Sommers 570). Sommers is saying originality is a combination of previously collected information along with new meanings that are created by the writer. The combination of intertextuality and personal meaning creates originality rather than plagiarism. Intertextuality is an opportunity for one writer to complicate and challenge a text that was written by someone else. Without the use of intertextuality, previous knowledge would not be expanded into the new meanings and originality that is

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