English 1302, section 05
January 13, 2010
Plagiarism or Not?
Both Tomas Sowell and Chad Greenfield put together a collection of random thoughts. But were Greenfield’s thoughts his own? The majority of Greenfields essay follows hand in hand with Sowell’s. Almost every random subject brought up in his essay is used in Sowell’s column. Greenfield even used exact quotes throughout his essay from Sowell, without giving Sowell credit.
The first example of Greenfield’s plagiarism is in his paragraph about climate statistics. In Sowell’s column, he states that “Climate statistics show that, with all the “global warming” hysteria today, our temperatures are still not as high as they were back in medieval times. Those medieval folks must have been driving a lot of cars and SUVs.” Readers most likely would find this statement humorous, and obviously Greenfield thought so also because he used the exact same statement almost word for word. “I find it interesting, though, that climate statistics show that our temperatures are still not as high as they were back in medieval times. Those medieval folks must have been driving a lot of cars and SUVs.” This clearly proves that Greenfield did not do the work for his essay, he distinctively cheated.
The next case of Greenfield’s cheating ability is shown in his paragraph about Republicans. Greenfield’s essay states that “Republicans have good reasons to be disappointed in many of their Congressmen, especially with their runaway spending and weak stand on illegal immigration.” This example from Greenfield’s essay also follows almost word for word with Sowell’s column which states that “Republicans have good reasons to be disappointed in their Congressmen, especially with their runaway spending and amnesty bill for illegal aliens.” But this is not the only example in this paragraph. Sowell also states that “before Republican voters decide to stay home at the next election, or perhaps...