Experienced Writers Working with Sources

Experienced Writers Working with Sources

Having sources and other’s words in your own writing, is empowering. It allows multiple authors to take a stand together. Instead of facing off alone, opinions and thoughts of many sources come together to create complex

In the passage, the author introduces several bodies of thought, different from his own. He provides their names and the titles of the work that he uses to help form and develop his own thought. He has his brief introduction, that’s his own thought. Then he switches out for other voices that give the piece more substance.

We grow up hearing the thoughts of others and taking them in as our own. For example, without the influence of parents and/guardians, children would not start going to church. Religion wouldn’t exist unless people stole another’s words and copied them. It is how we learn to operate in the world. It’s something that we are expected to do. Imitation.  Which is why when we suddenly get punished for it, is that really fair? When plagiarism is done correctly, a.k.a. crediting the source,  then the original author should feel complimented that his or her words touched someone to the point of mimicking them.

One thought on “Experienced Writers Working with Sources

  1. Hi Cali, is this post reflecting on Gee’s strategies? If so, how could you improve your signal phrasing to be clearer.

    Also, your middle paragraph here points to a writer’s strategy of including voices different from his own as a way of building on them. Can you point to where Gee does this in his article and explain how he does it?

    I’m interested in your point about plagiarism. You say people get punished for incorporating others’ work, or for imitation. Where do we draw the line in college between fair use and unfair use of other sources? How does the idea of patchwriting we discussed earlier this term fit into this discussion?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *