So I completely forgot about this, but here I am three days later. Figured I should post something since it’s my first, regardless of it being late and not counting. Pretty much everyone seems to be talking about Schulte, so I guess I’ll say something about that. I agree with Schulte and believe that the rise in plagiarism is simply caused by how easily it is done nowadays and not because of a lack of morality. If people used to have the choice and the opportunity to cheat so easily, I think they would have done the same thing. People can be so lazy sometimes, even though cheating isn’t going to help them at all. For the students who don’t feel like they’ve done anything wrong, I don’t understand why they don’t see the mistake they’re making. They’re doing the bare minimum and not really learning anything, but I guess some people just do whatever they can to get by regardless of how it will affect them in the future. To make it even worse, technology already makes it much easier to research things then it was in the past. Yet it is used to make the work done almost nothing at all. It is a good thing to know how to use these technological advances to there full potential when it comes to research, but stealing someone’s work is just a waste of time in my opinion. The thing that bothers me most though, is that many people who cheat their way through end up at the top, even above some of the people who have tried and more deserve that position.
It seems like most people are just restating their essay viewpoints from in class today, so I’ll do the same.
Although I have been aware that plagiarism was always out there, and also that it has become more and more commonplace, for some reason Schulte’s essay was really striking. I found it incredibly alarming that most students that were questioned felt no remorse about cheating and simply believed they were doing whatever they could to be successful. Schulte argued that technology was to blame for the rampant cheating going on, however, I somewhat disagreed. I feel that the lifestyle today has shaped a new moral code for kids which, yes, is in part to technology, but higher expectations and more competition play large roles as well. I felt that with everything from food to clothes to entertainment being readily available, most people have begun to get used to that sort of “get it whenever you want it” lifestyle. That popular saying, “people are a product of their surroundings” comes to mind. Looking around, everyone is always so plugged in, with so much information readily available. Carrying on a conversation at the dinner table and stumbling across an unfamiliar word no longer remains a problem, seeing as one can “google” anything and become somewhat of an expert right off the bat. It almost seems like a waste to not take advantage of it, right? Unfortunately, convenience is always a double-edged sword. With everything becoming so effortless, people have lost the desire and (hopefully not entirely) the ability to think for themselves. Advancements always seem like such a good idea at that particular time, but people never seem to take into account the greed and laziness of human nature, which has come to be the driving force in quite a few different areas. All I know is that with the way things are going now, and the mindset people have about right and wrong and the grey areas in between, we are going to live in a pretty scary world eventually.