Friday, February 29, 2008

More fun with plagiarism

Picking up on Atrios' post about plagiarism, I spend the requisite 5 minutes on Google and find another example:

JONATHAN YARDLEY
September 3, 2007
Washington Post
Though most others -- Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter -- wrote primarily for the Broadway stage, Carmichael wrote only one musical and it was a flop.


Timothy Goeglein
The News-Sentinel
Nov. 05, 2007
Though most others - Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter (a fellow Hoosier, from Peru) - wrote primarily for the Broadway stage, Carmichael wrote only one musical, and it was a resounding flop.


JONATHAN YARDLEY
September 3, 2007
Washington Post
He was influenced by Irving Berlin and Louis Armstrong, he venerated Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, yet his own music was sui generis.


Timothy Goeglein
The News-Sentinel
Nov. 05, 2007
He was deeply influenced by Irving Berlin and Louis Armstrong; he venerated Duke Ellington and George Gershwin; yet his own music was sui generis.


And... scene!

31 comments:

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Arabella Trefoil said...

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Mr.Murder said...

This is not a case of plagiarism.

It's proof of double entropy, parallel existence of the exact same energy, manifest at different intervals on a linear plot.

Any evidence that could be considered contradictory to the above conclusion could be placed within an envelope of space time, to be rendered of no use in this plane of existence. This is traditionally thought to be the place where Einstein kept his comb.

res ipsa loquitur said...

Huzzah!

(Guess that A-List Blogger, Atrios, doesn't hate you.)

VforVirginia said...

Oh. My.

nostick said...

Goeglein plagiarizes sui generis, head explodes from irony feedback loop.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Mr. Murder's absolutely right. To me, the fact that two separate people could write almost identical passages at separate time periods is just proof of how right those words must be. Carmichael's one musical must really have been a flop.

blogenfreude said...

The blog posts write themselves ... mine sure did! http://cynicsparty.com/2008/02/29/white-house-jesus-freak-in-chief-caught-plagiarizing/

mdhatter said...

It's proof of double entropy, parallel existence of the exact same energy, manifest at different intervals on a linear plot.

I sense the work of a noodly appendage.

buffoonia@yahoo.com said...

I'd say that this is not a case of plagiarism.

Rather, it's proof of double entropy, parallel existence of the exact same energy, manifest at different intervals on a linear plot.

One man's opinion, natch.

Ben Domenech said...

Aw hell, cut the guy a little slack. What he did wasn't so bad!

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You've done some good investigating here. It's really a service to your country. And I always say, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Pretty catchy, huh?

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mr. Murder sounds a lot like William F. Buckley: Total bullshit, but sounds really good.

Kathleen said...

Goeglein is not denying it's plagiarism, indeed it is central to his point!

WarrenS said...

The words are identical, to be sure. But this is not plagiarism, but something more. It is a creative re-imagining, a retracing of an earlier writer's work. We must think of Goeglein's work as analogous to Jorge Luis Borges' "Pierre Menard," who rewrote Cervantes' "Don Quixote" so completely that every word appeared in the exact same order as in the original.

At least that's how I'd try and excuse it if I were him.

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