Re: Grading, Plagiarism, Webbed Writing and ...

Kenneth Robert Wright (kright@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 13:30:22 -0700

One question, will you reward me with a Ph.D. in rhetoric if I write a
dissertation that is merely a set of links to a large number of
theorists? Probably not because there is no original thinking involved.
So should where is that student's original thinking or at least the
promotion of such.

Kenneth R Wright

On Mon, 5 Aug 1996, Dean Rehberger wrote:

> I agree with Chris. The student has learned a great lesson of the Web.
> The idea of linking discourses is as old as rhetoric and I would argue
> central to the history of rhetoric. It is only a function of the rise of
> the middle class (to use a cheap functionalist argument that we all know
> can be made more complex with just about any theorist from Jameson to
> Foucault) and the focus on originality and independent thinking (a cover
> for the continual linking of discourses).
> Or you could argue that the student has shown independent thinking if you
> want to use our old saws. But eiher way, it makes a great point for a
> great class discussion (and the student should be rewareded).
> >I think this student should get an A for the quiz and likely the course.
> >After all, if he only linked to the other students' pages, then he
> >illustrated part of what using the Web is all about. Grades, schmades...
> >the students who responded negatively are still getting the grades they
> >earned-- just as they would if the student in question spontaneously
> >combusted. The comparison has little value, but the value of his thinking
> >does. After all, when we approach a problem regarding the web or
> >utilizing a web, creation of original content is one of the last ways to go.
> >
> >c
> >
> >--
> >Chris Lott
> >
> Dean Rehberger
> American Thought and Language/Michigan State University
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