I learn so much from Twitter.
A few weeks ago I found out from some Aunt Becky (and others) tweets that a woman had ripped off some blog posts. Turns out her entire blog is compiled of posts she lifted one at a time to use to support some fake identity. I just think that woman was batshit crazy.
Then today, DaMomma starts tweeting about this Cooks Source fiasco. She linked here, and as I read my mouth was quite literally hanging open. I actually stopped reading to try to get my mind around some of it. A woman in the position of editor thinks it's okay to just lift anything on the internet for publication in her for-profit magazine without permission. And if she edits it for you, then you should be grateful and you owe her money. BlogHer's post summarizes well also, and links to others.
I mean, seriously, WTF doesn't even come close.
I also think this woman is batshit crazy, but worse than that, she is uneducated and chronically wrong, and in a position that most uneducated and chronically wrong people don't get to.
I'm not a professional writer. Obviously, since I've said "batshit crazy" twice, and ended that last sentence with some kind of word it probably wasn't supposed to be ended with. And that one too. And that one ...
As a college professor, it is my job to teach students the definitions of "cheating" and "plagiarism". Two students can do an experiment together, can collaborate on their work, and each turn in an original lab report that doesn't contain paragraphs that are close to identical. I often have to help them do that. Two students can study together for an exam, but when they have copied off of each other when answering the essay, I can tell. I have had to confront students for plagiarism and cheating. I have had to write memos to the dean, and memos to the student, and document everything, and listen to their appeals.
Did this woman not go to college? All the people that are digging stuff up from her publications? Why don't you look at what she submitted for whatever degree she has. My guess is that this all started well before she became an "editor".
Don't editors have someone to answer to like the rest of us? Or are they boss-less Masters of the Universe? In which case, how do I get a gig like that?
A teensy part of me feels bad for this woman. Her entire career is completely ruined at this point. The more I read about her actions and her words, she really doesn't seem to think that there was anything wrong in what she did. She was naive and uneducated about her own profession, then condescending and mean when confronted with her mistake.
Unless this is all an elaborate hoax. In which case I wasted a blog post about it. That someone could steal. I suggest editing, if you do.