First published: 3/9/02
On the Social Construction of TEL
Highlight reel: special moments in the history of TEL (updates)
The Perils of Entropy
More than usual lately, I've been forced to deal with instances of my work being plagiarized. In the previous installment of lainspotting, I described what happened when someone tried impersonating me on a web discussion forum. This time, just a few days ago, my sources informed me that someone had posted my review of lain on a small anime website without crediting me (and without my permission). I contacted the webmaster of the site, requesting that the review be taken down. The webmaster responded, telling me that one of his staff members had posted the review (claiming it was his own). That staff member was immediately fired for committing plagiarism and for lying about it afterwards. The webmaster of the site promptly removed the review and apologized for the inconvenience.
I don't know what motivates this kind of copying. I'm just glad I caught it. In some ways, I wish all plagiarism of my work was this obvious. In general, the plagiarism tends to be much more subtle and difficult to detect, and that much more insidious. A lot of it is probably unintentional. Considering that most university undergrads lack a clear understanding of what is considered plagiarism, I probably shouldn't be so surprised when I come across unauthorized use of my work. Publishing on the internet is a double-edged sword, indeed.
This, is radio freedom...
This is not exactly lain-related, but if you're interested in (possibly) hearing me on the radio, check out D.J. Wilsey's anime and J-pop radio show, which is broadcast weekly out of WRPI 91.5 FM, Troy, NY. The show is currently scheduled to play every (early) Wednesday morning from midnight to 1:30AM EST. D.J. Wilsey is the DJ, and I organize the anime and J-pop news portions of the show, which includes a reading of the weekly Oricon rankings from Japan by my friend James. Sometimes, I'll be in the studio as a guest commentator and to help out. Other times, I'll just call in on the telephone to relay the weekly news and whatnot, or to participate in the weekly trivia contest. I'm also responsible for taking e-mail requests (both in advance and during the show) for music, either anime-related or J-pop. Just e-mail me your name, where you're from, and what you want to hear. Of course, most people reading this won't be from Troy, NY. To hear the broadcast live over the internet, follow this link: http://www.wrpi.org/wrpi.ram at the appropriate time.