Plagiarism vs. Remixing

After watching the short videos “Everything is a Remix” part 1 and part 2, by Kirby Ferguson, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of plagiarism vs. remixing. When students write papers, they are essentially finding information online, in the news, in articles, or through videos. A considerable amount of the papers are paraphrased and quoted, but it is essentially acceptable as long as it is cited correctly and credit is given where credit it due.  Even research papers and theses with literature review sections are filled with other people’s ideas or findings.

It might be frowned upon to have students’ solely write papers where they paraphrase other peoples’ statements and ideas. However, some research consists of interpreting other people’s findings. The internet consists of a multitude of incorrect information as well, and young people today need to learn to sift through the World Wide Web, to fact check and do background assessments to identify the sources for the statements they write. As stated in Everything is a Remix “creation require influence”.

The ultimate way of remixing literature is writing a literature review for a thesis. As I was writing my Literature Review about The Impact of Various Diabetes Devices -Such as Continuous Glucose Monitor, Insulin Pump, and the use of Cellphones- on Hemoglobin A1c in Youth, I must have read almost one hundred articles on the topic to narrow it down to the forty-three articles I chose to reference. I learned a whole lot on the topic of ways to lower A1c in youth by summarizing peer-reviewed articles. I think it is essential for youth to be able to utilize existing information and they need to learn early on how to use it effectively and responsibly.

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