Friday, October 14, 2011

Compare Brown/Dole flap to Biden/Kinnock

The Boston Globe speaks of the matter involving the website of Senator Scott Brown copying text from Elizabeth Dole:

“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” said the message from Brown. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

The passage was first contained in a 2002 campaign speech by Dole, which is available in its full length in the book “Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart.” An article by The Associated Press from Feb. 23, 2002, quotes part of the language in question, saying Dole tried to demonstrate to the crowd in Salisbury, N.C., that “she never abandoned her small-town roots during the years she worked in Washington.”

So, it's a website, copying text, about general philosophy.

In contrast, when Biden copied Kinnock, Biden created facts about Biden's life which simply were not true.
Biden's plagiarisms the talk of the internet
. Copying without attribution is not a good thing. But when copying is used to misrepresent facts, it is a worse thing.

The story does illustrate that websites are frequently put up with very little thought, AND that carelessness in the creation of website content can have bad consequences, later in time.

The Globe story noted: Brown said today that a young intern launched the site when his office had “very little time and resources to put things up.”

***See also post at CBS news:


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