For this reading response we were asked to dissect two different articles. The first, by Phelps discusses the accusations against a fellow writer of plagiarism. At the beginning of the article, the author discusses the fact that during his schooling, he admired the author in question, Zizek. Phelps discuses the fact that Zizek had attained an almost godlike image and that he, Phelps, strove to be like him. It was after this that Zizek was accused of plagiarism. The author then discusses the fact that plagiarism is a very real problem for those that write frequently. There is a very thin line between quoting too much and quoting too little. If the author quotes too much, that person will be viewed as though they do not know the subject matter that they are discussing. If the quote too little, they could be accused of plagiarism. Most authors that produce large amounts of articles do not have a whole lot of time to spend on the intricacies of citations; therefore they tend to quote less and may face this problem. The author then finishes the article by arguing that he still supports Zizek now that he is more of a successful author. I would argue in favor of the author of this article due to the fact that plagiarism should be thought of in more strict terms. If the term is thrown around too frequently, everyone will be accused of it. Plagiarism should be recognized when the word for word use of someone else’s ideas are used as your own.
The next article is actually an interview with Clay Shirky. First collaboration is discussed; specifically the collaboration relative to three-dimensional printing. The speaker uses the example of parts for a remote control car. The first version of the car might be too heavy and not work with the finished product; however, once uploaded, the community will most likely edit it and make it work properly. I find this interesting due to the fact that I have designed 3D objects for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Once I have become satisfied with the finished product or sufficiently frustrated with it, it gets uploaded to the internet. Once there it is adjusted and edited by the community and eventually is a much better finished product than when I finished my work on it. This community mentality for these two different subjects is a very interesting thing, it allows people to collaborate. When this collaboration occurs, there will most likely be a much better finished product than if created by one person.