I was wondering, just in a passing moment, how much time would, or could go by before someone who writes a blog, a journal, a regular series of news articles or whatever begins to repeat themselves. I don’t mean repeat themselves because of a lack of new material, heaven knows there is enough in our small world to keep anyone occupied for several lifetimes, but perhaps because they have either worked themselves into a rut or simply cannot remember what they have put out earlier.
I imagine this to be more likely with a personal blog, on the private side of things, repeating the same actions and work patterns each and every day – getting up, eating, working, leisure time, family time, sleeping in a form of set routine – and also in some professional areas such as writing reviews. There are, after all, only so many things you can say or write about a work of art, a theater play, a piece of music or a book. There are only so many superlatives, only so many ways of forming bitter condemnation in words, only so many ways of describing a recurring event, scene or thought.
We’ve already reached the stage, in Germany at least, where people who write dissertations for their Ph.D begin to repeat themselves. Or, rather, begin to repeat other people. The difference here is that they know they are repeating others, but don’t necessarily realize that other people will come to see the repetitions too. Yes, yet another politician has been caught out with unquoted quotes in a thesis for their Doctor title, and been forced to relinquish both the title and their position in government.
Is this just a German thing, the plagiarism of written works, or does it happen in every university and college around the world?
Love & Kisses, Viki.