The famous author, Jane Goodall, found herself, just this last year, in a plagiarism scandal. Goodall was planing on releasing a book called “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants” but before it was published, people found plagiarized passages in her book. Of course, this is a huge deal in the world of print, so she was informed and immediately planned to correct the issue. While she said it was a mistake, there are multiple places of question in the book.
Although her book will eventually be published, the release date was pushed back. Goodall thought she would be able to correct the issues in the future copies and still release the book when planned, but with everything that happened, she had to wait. The book will still be published, but it will always have this negative association with it. People will see the title and remember the talk of her plagiarism, creating a negative connotation of the book.
Not only that, but people will forever see Goodall differently. She is a well known author who has written some incredible and informative books. However, people will not see the same woman anymore. Sadly, because she is so well known, the whole scandal found its way into the news and now thousands of people know about it. That is one negative aspect of fame. Regardless of the significance of the material plagiarized, people know about it. In the future, people will be more skeptical of her writing and her information.
While this could be, and is, a bash on Goodall as a writer, it also points to the editors. Editors should be more attentive to plagiarism and help avoid such scandals. Hopefully the scandal will motivate both authors and editors in the future to be careful about the information they share.
Information for this post came from:
Bailey, Jonathan. “Jane Goodall Embroiled in Plagiarism and Misconduct Allegations.” IThenticate. N.p., 2 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2014.
This is an article regarding the increase of obesity in America. While I do believe it true that Americans, as a whole, are gradually carrying more weight, this article is lying to us in several ways. The biggest of these is their use of facts.
The author starts by addressing the percentage of obese kids between the age of 6 and 19. They give no reasoning for why those ages where chosen. And, they don’t give comparative statistics to show that number has any significance. For all we know, that percentage could have been exactly the same 40 years ago.
Consider the date of the facts used as well. Although this article was written in 2013 their facts came from 2010 and even 2003. If there is such a startling change occurring right now, why are they talking about the past? What has happened in the last 10 years? It seems to me there should be more recent facts to support their claim.
The author also uses vague statistics. Most percentages are accompanied by the word “about” making the information less sure. Words like “school age” or “adolescent” also accompany the facts. Most people don’t know exactly what those words encompass and, therefore, don’t know what the facts mean.
The sad thing is that everyone seems to believe statistics, no matter where they come from. No matter the source, we assume they have truth in them. Most people see numbers and think someone else already did the search and figured out the results for them. However, we can’t assume that. Results can be interpreted differently depending on who looks and them and what they want to get out of them. Also, there are many ways statistics can be tweaked or reworded to dramatize or emphasize aspects to fit the thesis. When read out of context or without background knowledge, the facts can seem significantly more noteworthy than they are. Sometimes, by the time the facts hit the page, they have been reworked so much they aren’t even truth anymore.
While there might be some truth to this article, there are many ways the author is tweaking information to fit the mold. Obesity might be on the rise, but this is not the way to prove it.
There is this lady whom I absolutely adore, Wendy Marsters. She taught at my high school and I was fortunate enough to have her for biology my freshman year. She is a phenomenal teacher and an incredible person. She is uniquely kind and accepting of everyone she meets. She loves meeting people and learning their stories. I always loved her class because she was animated and enthusiastic about the material. She knows how to teach high school students and loves what she does. However, she has this bizarre obsession with Dave Mathews.
Now I understand liking an artist a lot, buying their albums, and seeing them in concert maybe once or twice. I appreciate music and can get what it is like to see your favorite artists live. But Marsters really is obsessed with Dave Mathews. Like over the top into him. She literally sees every concert in a reasonable and unreasonable distance from our town. I’m sure she has been to over a hundred shows and will continue to go until he dies. She is what you call a dedicated fan. There are posters of him in her classroom, she talks about him during class, and occasionally missed class to attend one of his concerts.
Why she has such an intense interest in Dave Mathews, I may never know. However, I feel I might be able to better understand her reasoning if I spent some time talking to her and really understood how much he means to her. Also, talking to her daughters and getting their perspective of the whole ordeal might help me see where she is coming from. Looking into Dave Mathew’s characteristics and lyrics to see if they apply to Marsters or her life might be of benefit. Maybe there is some odd connection between the two of them…
“I enjoy cooking Italians and Chinese”
I find this humorous mostly because I love cooking. I enjoy jokes more when they relate to my passions and this one does. This person is most likely applying for a chef position, which I could very well find myself doing. Also, spelling errors are one of the most common mistakes on resumes, or really any paper. It is a huge problem that gives a bad impression to the hiring committee. Fortunately for this person, they might at least get a laugh out of the committee.
“Skills: I am a rabid typist”
This particular mistake is fascinating to me. Is it possible to be a rabid typist? I have no idea. It’s funny because your brain actually tries to make sense out of it, contemplating the adjective “rabid” and whether it applies to a typist. Some bizarre images come to my mind when I consider it. The other thing is that they meant “rapid” which, even if correct, is an odd adjective to chose for a resume.
The second mistake on here, criticizing your perspective employer, is way more common in cover letters than it should be. What I find amusing is, why are they applying for the job if they have such a critique of the company they believe it deserves to make it in their cover letter? Like if you don’t like what the company is doing, don’t apply for the job. Find somewhere you like where you can support what the company is doing. Besides, the employer isn’t going to hire anyone who insults their business. That just wouldn’t make sense.
Number nine exists in most resumes. I’ve even done it myself. It is hard to only give information that truly pertains to the job. However, many times it’s just some small details that are insignificant. In other cases (the funny ones) information is included that has no relevance whatsoever to the intended job of hire. For instance, my sister worked at a coffee shop and got a resume from a guy who included that he records yoga videos and listens to music. Neither of these activities is relevant to being a barista and, therefore, created many laughs among the employees.
”Work experience: “Responsibilities included checking customers out.”
Here, the writer didn’t really do anything “wrong.” There are no typos, and they meant what they said. However, when an outsider reads this, they associate something completely different. The connotation of the phrase is a negative one. And, although humorous, it will probably lead to them not getting the job. What’s so funny about it is that the person who wrote it will never know they had such an outrageous thing written on their resume and are likely not the type of person the phrase implies.