Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Soldiers

Is it the summer of plagiarism?  Slavoj Žižek, Senator John Walsh, Matthew C. Whitaker -- all have made news for their failure to make new.  Yet if it's the summer of plagiarism, it is also the summer of "plagiarism doesn't matter." Professors Žižek and Whitaker continue with their university positions; Senator Walsh, the Cabinet is told, will go on to lose an election he would have lost anyway. The Cabinet's blog software reveals the search terms people use to arrive at its doors. A few days ago, some poor soul searched this phrase:  "Cabinet consequences of plagiarism."  We saw it, and wept our wooden tears.