Carrol Cox wrote:
>Incidentally, T&TIT, followed through on ruthlessly, would require that
>we no longer penalize or object to plagiarism -- that in fact we
>encourage it. I would agree.
Could you let me in on your thinking? How does Eliot's essay lead
you to your conclusion about plagiarism?
>As far as I can tell plagiarism came into
>existence sometime between 1400 and 1600, and didn't become fully
>established as a mode of human practice until well into the 18th
Martial, Latin poet of the Silver Age, would disagree with your
dating. His epigram I.66 makes it clear that he knew of this "mode of
human practice" firsthand. We owe to his anger our word _plagriarism._
You might be interested in Christopher Ricks' essay on the matter in
his book _Allusion to the Poets._
>I would guess that in another 50 to 76 years the very word will
>be obsolescent. With everything available in electronic text, people
>will quite naturally express themselves in the best words available,
>regardless of who wrote them to begin with.
As for your prediction, why do you think the acknowledgment of the
author of "the best words available" will ceaseto be a social requirement?