Sunday, March 20, 2011


In the piece "Something Borrowed", Malcolm Gladwell describes the different arguments of plagiarism. The piece begins with a story of a psychiatrist who realizes that her ideas from a book she wrote were stolen by a women writing a broadway play. The woman who wrote the book was devastated about her ideas being taken and sued. Gladwell explains how sometimes what we think is plagiarism, really isn't. Also, he describes how the Constitution says that after a certain period of time ideas from other people can be used to progress other ideas. Gladwell also discusses how many musicians use similar notes in numerous sounds. Even though one artist uses a set of notes doesn't mean they own those notes.

I liked reading this piece because I thought it was really interesting. I never knew so much went into plagiarism and deciding what is considered plagiarism. The story was a little confusing to follow, however. I kept having difficulty knowing who was speaking and who the author was referencing too. There were a lot of side examples that I feel could have flowed better.

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