Thursday, January 5, 2012

Scamming Is Addictive

If you have never had anyone try to plagiarize your work, well, you are in luck. There is no worst feeling in the world than reading something written by another person, and then seeing parts of your article in the mix. What's even more horrible is if they just took the entire piece you wrote and changed the author's name to theirs! I have been in this situation before, and while it can seem flattering at first, it could really be frustrating and mind boggling to think that a person can be lazy enough to just change their name to suit their own personal needs.

Technology has certainly changed the way we do things, and plagiarism is actually something that can be done in a matter of seconds. I don't know if you have heard of those article spinning tools that manage to replace some of the words in your written work and change it with something else. These rewriting mechanisms are perfect for those who are trying to churn articles and posts in bulk, but can be a real pain for those who took the time to do their own research on the subject.

In the fast paced and crazy world that we live in, it is certainly very tempting and addictive to just plagiarize. Whether it would be to make money, to meet a deadline or just to take credit for someone else's, we have already established the fact that plagiarism is a lazy man's job. Someone who does not want to take the time to conjure up words of their own will just grab off someone else's. Embarrassing, but there are a lot of court cases on intellectual property rights that can be quite obvious and lengthy.

If you absolutely have to use someone else’s thought or idea, keep in mind that that is what quotes are for. There is absolutely nothing wrong in using quotations. Don’t fall into the easy way out. Remember that the long term effects of plagiarism can ruin your reputation and yoru career, so no matter how addicting it is, it is better to stay away from it.

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