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The Ballad of Mike Edwards and the PDS

Mike Edwards had himself a pencil. Weighed about forty pound. Every time Mike Edwards drew a squiggly edit mark Drove his pencil two inches in the ground, Lawd, Lawd, Drove his pencil two inches in the ground. Mike Edwards’s blog was named Vitia. The logo looked the same upside down. He’d sharpen up his pencil on both of its ends. Called his pencil “Vitia” too, for the sound, Lawd, Lawd.…

More on Plagiarism Detection Services

In my discussions with opponents of [plagiarism detection services], it’s unclear that any methods of plagiarism detection at all are acceptable. Too much zeal to trust students can lead to a tacit “look the other way” practice which is naive, irresponsible, and just as likely to breed resentment among students who do the writing as PDS do. The alternative offered is something along the lines of “start a dialogue with…

Ibsen's Relevance and Influence Endure

Today Ibsen’s wedding of tragedy to the ethical dilemmas and unadorned rhetoric of middle-class characters seems like the necessary prelude to modern drama, from George Bernard Shaw to Arthur Miller. Within his stuffed Victorian living rooms, the Norwegian playwright championed free-thinking, if flawed, heroes over both the conformist masses and self-aggrandizing authorities. His signature metaphors of corruption and contagion — along with the violent undertow in his works, informed by…