The year is 2014. We live in the age of Google, advanced plagiarism detection tools, image matching services, audio recognition and even video identification. Every word, every sound, every image can be parsed, analyzed and compared with just the click of a mouse.
There is literally no reason that anyone should think that they can plagiarize and get away with it. Even if the plagiarism can’t be detected with technology, with the global audience of the Internet, there are always humans with good memories and sneaking suspicions to bring down any unsuspecting plagiarist.
So why do so many people try to get away with plagiarism when both the risk and the likelihood of getting caught are so high? This seems especially strange considering all that is usually saved by plagiarizing is a little bit of time and energy creating something original or citing sources correctly.
The answer is complex and it depends heavily upon the individual. But if we’re ever going to deter people from plagiarizing, we have to convince potential plagiarists that plagiarism is wrong and not worth the risk. Part of that means looking at why they think there is no risk at all.Continue Reading