Wed 20 May 2009, The Guardian

Cheating has always been around in schools and universities - but the internet is making it far worse

By Marcel Berlins
I was intrigued by three stories about cheating in the last couple of days, none of them to do with MPs' expenses. What links them is the malign influence of the internet . The highly respected and popular New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, profiled elsewhere in this issue, was found to have lifted a whole paragraph almost word for word from the work of a well-known political blogger. She claims that she never even read the blog in question; she got the idea for that particular thought (part of an attack on Dick Cheney) from a friend, who, if Dowd is to be believed, must have told it to her in exactly the same wording as the blogger. I'm not here to pass judgment, but to point to the ease with which one person's work, when published on the internet, can find its way into another's.
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