01 September 2012

Straining Gnats, Swallowing Camels

"Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel." ~ Matthew 23:24

While a number of academic historians and establishment type bloggers routinely take swats at the good ol' boys (and girls) within the Southern Heritage crowd and post screen shots of their Facebook pages (Really?), they're largely ignoring what appears to be a plague of plagiarism within their own ranks. Oh yes, they just love to use their supreme knowledge to mock and poke fun at the "great unwashed and unlettered." Kinda reminds me of the sick teenage kid who likes to catch flies and slowly tear their wings off. I suppose it makes them feel so big and strong. Perhaps they're insecure? I don't know - maybe taking those they deem weaker (in knowledge and intellect) to task is just how they entertain themselves and reveal to their readers how very smart they are. I know a lot of these folks see themselves as our "guides" to all things historically accurate and such but, somehow, I just ain't feelin' it.

Back to the plagiarism issue . . . a recent article at The American Thinker shines a spotlight on this issue and at what is, ostensbily, the most respected "institution of higher learning" in America:

Harvard University, Regis of America's higher educational system, has been rocked by an enormous cheating scandal.
What is the big deal?  Harvard may not officially encourage plagiarism, but it hardly frowns on the practice, either.  Consider: legendary law professor Laurence Tribe was guilty of plagiarism, as were former Harvard prof and current Massachusetts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren Law and Harvard grad and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.  These luminaries of Harvard get caught, mumble a stilted apology, and move right along, so why shouldn't the student body in general.

I suppose discussing serious issues within their own ranks isn't quite as entertaining as poking fun at flaggers and such. Probably got a point there, they likely wouldn't get the giggles from their readers from discussing plagairism among the pros. Then again, maybe they just like pickin' on those "beneath" them.

So, how do you like your camel meat?

You can read the rest of the AT Piece here.

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