The Plagiarized Field Manual, Part 1

Mike Edwards, a civilian instructor at West Point, reflects on the academic reaction to a new army field manual that plagiarizes large swaths of complex material, sometimes verbatim, from published sources. Part 1, Part 2. The scandal, though, is this: according to anthropologist David Price, the published version of the Army’s FM 3-24 on Counterinsurgency is deeply and thoroughly plagiarized, particularly in its Chapter 3, which patches together a wide…

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Wil Wheaton’s Geek in Review: A Mind Forever Voyaging

Author, blogger, and unrepentant geek Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley “The Writers Make Me Save the Ship Every Other Episode” Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, uses an interactive fiction trope for a little comparative media analysis. LOOK >A twisty maze of passages, all alike, is behind you. You face a wall with four doors. EXAMINE DOORS >There are four old doors: Movies, Television, Books, and Games. (Misleading title……