Saturday, June 23, 2012

When You Run Out Of Ideas … Plagiarize Yourself

Apparently recycling your own creative ideas and publishing them again and again without footnoting yourself is not peer approved among the journalistic profession. Jonah Leher found out and had to make a public apology.
Leher was 'caught' copying three paragraphs from a previously written article in the Wall Street Journal onto his New Yorker blog Frontal Cortex. This led to other discoveries of self-borrowing by Leher.

In his blog dated June 13, 2012 an article entitled "Does All Wine Taste The Same" is the following:
Editors' Note: Portions of this post appeared in simlar form in an April, 2011 post by Jonah Leher for Wired.com. We regret the duplication of material.


For some first degree offenses by others see my previously posted post Bad Science.














Sources:

paidContent: "Jonah Leher, self-borrowing and the problem with "big ideas", by Laura Hazard Owen, 06-19-2012

The Wrap: "Jonah Leher Apologizes for 'Stupid', 'Lazy' Self-Plagiarizing in the New Yorker", by Alexander C. Kaufman, 06-20-2012 

The New Yorker, Frontal Cortex, "Does All Wine Taste The Same?", blogger Jonah Leher, 06-13-2012




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