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Showing posts from April 27, 2006

Plagiat of Harvard

Grrr! Plagiarism Just Another Symptom of Me, Me, Me Wednesday, April 26, 2006 By Mike Straka The recent plagiarism scandal surrounding Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan's book is yet another symptom of the "me, me, me" mentality that too many young people have adopted as religion. Viswanathan has been under fire since the Harvard Crimson newspaper reported similarities between her book, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," (Little, Brown) and Megan McCafferty's "Sloppy Firsts" and "Second Helpings" (Crown Publishing). All three novels are aimed at young adults. Viswanathan appeared on the "Today" show and stated that the similarities were unintentional, saying "When I was writing, I genuinely believed each word was my own." Crown publisher Steve Ross said in a statement that the apology was "troubling and disingenuous." That is an understatement. You see, apparently