Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gladwell Summary

Gladwell looks at various ways to approach to the idea of plagiarism and how it can be seen as a crime or "something borrowed," depending on the content that it's been plagirazed and how much of it was plagiarized. He does not give a clear conclusion or a strong opinion, but suggests that an "obsession" with plagiarism can be harmful and hinder the creativity and/or the diversity of the various art forms, which includes writings, plays, and music. Giving the example of the Broadway play "Frozen," which he himself got plagiarized by the playwright, he presents his own confusion and struggle with drawing the line in the plagiarism as a crime or a "transformed" art form.

I thought this piece was kind of interesting since I never really thought about plagiarism that much except that it was something that I should never do it, which is also what I've been taught all along in the high school. It was a little hard to summarize since I felt like, for the most part, Gladwell didn't really have a point to state but more to make the readers think about the plagiarism and be more considerate about it.

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