I am reminded of the man who was asked what plagiarism was. He said: “It is plagiarism when you take something out of a book and use it as your own. If you take it out of several books then it is research.”
Ralph Foss, 1932
I don’t consider myself a writer or a journalist. I barely even consider myself a blogger. No one has paid me for my thoughts on skepticism or science or the myriad other things I’m drawn to write about, but I’ve always tried to follow the same code as ethical journalists.
Unfortunately, integrity isn’t something that crosses most people’s minds these days. Everyone has to weigh in on everything. Ignorance is no longer an obstacle to overcome, nor is competence a prerequisite. Pick any topic and you’ll find dozens and dozens of opinions, perspectives, and variations on the facts. Google has made us all experts and that should’ve been a good thing. Continue reading