A Social Media Love Story: Romance in the 21st Century

Let me tell you a story.

If everything goes according to plan, this post gets published on 13 April, 2014. Exactly one year ago, the Philippines was getting ready for mid-term elections. Senatorial candidates were shoveling bullshit down everyone’s throats willy-nilly, and there was a dire need for more substantive engagement. You see, debates between candidates for national positions might be old hat for most of you from other countries, but in the Philippines, that just doesn’t happen. This news article about one senatoriable refusing a debate challenge from another senatoriable is a perfect example. 

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Copy-Pasting Your Way to Success: A Writer’s Take on Sotto’s Plagiarism

There are a lot of people out there who have no idea what plagiarism means, exactly. This website defines plagiarism as “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author“. Other sites, like this and this, provide the same definition. In a nutshell, plagiarism is an act of theft and of fraud–a violation so vile and repulsive that it doesn’t belong in the halls of the academe and of the government.

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