Wednesday, November 10, 2004

a brief rant

Not one but three book reviews in a row cribbed from Amazon.

How stupid do they think I am? The one I caught this morning has already e-mailed me to announce that he wrote the Amazon review, so it's not plagarism. Obviously he doesn't realize that such things can be checked.

Words Written:
Lessons Graded: twelve, not counting the three

7 comments:

John B. said...

I suspect that the internet has been a blessing and a curse all at the same time for teachers.

What level do you teach on?

TeacherRefPoet said...

This hasn't happened to me yet, but it probably will, so...

How does one check who wrote an Amazon.com review?

Editor B said...

An English prof I work with at Xavier got his first plagiarism today.

"Your first ever?" I asked, naïvely.

"No, the first one of the semester," he said.

He's worked here for 23 years, so you can bet he's seen a lot.

Anonymous said...

Man.... if I ever plagiarized my Dad would probably have never forgiven me. Being a former English professor, that would have been the proverbial stake through the heart. Where are the parents on this stuff?

Wait! Don't tell me. I'll probably get depressed...

Regards,
tommyspoon

lemming said...

TRP - some reviewers use their names. In this case it was even easier. I asked the student about another review written by the same reviewer. "Huh? Never heard of it."

'nuff said.

TeacherRefPoet said...

Other reviews! Nice work, Lemming. Wouldn't have thought of that.

Bill said...

Love the pic of Romana!