Plagiarism is alive and well on college campuses
however it is no wonder since the Internet and Social Media have changed
communications. Without question Wikipedia has become a reliable source for
students and at least 16 US intelligence agencies. Many question the
authenticity of Wikipedia, but if the US intelligence community can rely on
Wikipedia I guess the information's reliable. But plagiarizing Internet
information is part of a larger social issue that college students today
believe that any information on the Internet is free game to include in their
course assignments. Perhaps this is not a new phenomenon, rather
professors can use Internet search tools to determine if students are
plagiarizing which was not available when information only available in books
when I was a college student.
Who Needs eMail or a Watch?
As Social Media morphs it's no wonder
that college students rely on cell phones for knowing the time and sending text messages in
lieu of email. Remember that in 2009 there were 1.5 billion text messages sent, and with
Facebook's estimated 500 million friends the shift of communications probably
indicates more postings on Facebook and that eMail will to decline from
the estimated 210 billion sent each day....of course 70% are
probably SPAM. Interesting to see how Social Media evolves.
Where's the Evidence?
Without question courthouses in the
US have changed forever as a result of Social Media and the increase in
text messages and eMail. However for more than 30 years my clients' litigation
has been limited to disputes about computer technology and Internet services
which means that every lawsuit has had eEvidence. Recently I participated in a webcast with
US Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm who wrote the well respected opinion in Lorraine v Markel (about the admissibility of
eEvidence) and Judge Grimm pointed out how much more education is necessary to
raise the water level for Judges and lawyers. Courthouses will never be the
same, so Judges and lawyers have to understand more about Social Media
Plagiarism is alive and well on college campuses however it is no wonder since the Internet and Social