Skip to main content

The Play on Plagiarism


Wikipedia defines Plagiarism as the "wrongful appropriation," "close imitation," or "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work.

And this is what Mr. Sotto did.  Plain and simple.

Various networking sites seized on it and talked about it for weeks.

Even Illustrado’s author Miguel Syjuco  gave a piece of his mind on Sotto in a New York Times article:
Mr. Sotto forcefully denied responsibility rather than confessing and offering an apology. When Ms. Pope blogged her dismay at being plagiarized, the senator declared on Filipino TV: “Why would I quote from a blogger? She’s just a blogger.” His chief of staff, Hector Villacorta, told reporters that blogs aren’t copyrighted, governments are exempt from copyright laws, and parliamentary immunity protects the senator. Besides, the Philippines “plagiarized the U.S. Constitution,” he said. “Even our image was copied from God. We are all plagiarists.”

And he did it again with Robert Kennedy’s 1996 speech “Day of Affirmation”.

Image from Abuenaobra.wordpress.com

I do not mind borrowing as long as you give credit where credit is due.  And there is nothing wrong with translating as you are actually getting the idea across to a greater audience.  The problem is with claiming it as your own.

Do not worry Mr. Sotto, we do not expect brilliant and original thoughts from you.  And while you might have fooled the Filipino people in electing you, please do not insult their intelligence further by denying your wrongdoing.

We expect our leaders to be decent, honest and trustworthy.  But I guess that is too much to ask for.

But I shall thank you for an entertaining show.

For how can you not laugh at a man who sheds crocodile tears while proclaiming his innocence and insulting “mere” bloggers whose ideas he copied without permission?

Seems like the Senate has birthed another “Drama Queen”

And while on the topic, here is a link of Tito Sotto as part of TVJ singing about what else?  Family Planning!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Singapore

Singapore is so much like Makati -- tall buildings, fast people & talkative Filipino yuppies. Not so much sights but then again, we were there to overspend on pasalubongs and go retail shopping. I don't want to brag, but between here and Manila, Manila wins hands down (on my own standards). :-)



Our hotel was located at Orchard Rd. and it has (thankfully) Starbucks at the groundfloor. We went down one night only to realize that coffee (as with cigarrettes) is so much more pricey there.

Athough, I must say, the air is worth breathing and the streets are super clean. Thank God for countries who respect the rights of non smokers to nice, clean air.

The English Patient

There are movie lines...

And then, there are "the movie lines"


The English Patient is one of my all time favorite movie.  It stars the oh-so-mysterious Ralph Fiennes as Count Almasy (who incidentally is also a real person).

It is based on a novel of the same title by Michael Ondaatje (which is also one of my fave writers).

Michael's writing can be described as "imaginative and whimsical."  He likes to write stories about the ravages of war and the interesting people living it.

He also writes about relationships and betrayal.
 "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." And of course, love.

This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.


Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.

Lingerie, baby steps and women's liberation

If you ever heard the saying "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" then you can relate to this post.

In Saudi, a 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been implemented due to various conservative groups who are opposed to the idea of women working in common areas visited by men and women, like malls.


Finally, the government has decided to enforce this law effective this month after long standing protests by Saudi women.


Strict Saudi law prohibits mingling of unrelated men and women.

Which kind of makes it awkward for women to be accompanied by male relatives in buying their intimate wear from men behind the counter.

"I and many other women like me were always embarrassed to walk into lingerie shops because men were selling the goods," said Saudi shopper Samar Mohammed.

She said that in the past she often bought the wrong underwear "because I was sensitive about explaining what I wanted to a man."
Saudi w…