Plagiarism pays [update 3]
What’s an award-winning plagiarist to do when he’s found out? Easy. He uses the prize money to buy up all the remaining copies of the offending tome.
You wouldn’t write about it, would you.
No wonder Witi’s laughing.
UPDATE: Thanks to Stephen R., who points out that the Arts Foundation is at least blessedly self-funded.
UPDATE 2: Jolisa Gracewood, who uncovered the plagiarism, comments at her blog.
UPDATE 3: Witi Imihaera’s university boss comes out swinging on his behalf, confirming that academic standards really are dead.
“University dean of arts, Associate Professor Jan Crosthwaite, said while concerning, Ihimaera's actions were not deliberate.”
No. Of course not. Witi accidentally copied and pasted from sixteen different sources into his “novel.”
“He said students had it hammered into them that they must acknowledge borrowed work and not pass work off as their own.
“’You reject students' essays for doing this and you fail them in exams for doing it. It makes you wonder what the title of a distinguished professor means in the University of Auckland if they then say what Witi Ihimaera has done doesn't matter.’
“Stead said the situation would reflect badly on the university until professors acknowledged the seriousness of what had happened.”
Some chance of that, eh, when they’re in thrall to ideas that knowledge is “socially constructed” anyway. Crikey, they probably think Witi was just collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings with all those other sixteen authors. They should be happy he shared . . .