May 07, 2004


Speaking of Ccru....

Undercurrent brings news of a stupefying example of 'plagiarism'. It actually goes far beyond plagiarism, since the culprit's typical MO involves reproducing the original texts with the odd word replaced, sometimes with comic effect. e.g. 'Coarse materialism' becomes 'course materialism.'

I don't think I've ever encountered quite so sustained an example of textual theft. What I love is that he has the gall to put 'copyright Adrian Gargett' on some of these witless collages.

Quite what the motive is for Gargett replacing words in the original texts is especially mysterious; it's not as if this will disguise the text to the reader who's familiar with it; but it effectively robs him of any argument that he is merely propagating the texts (in a way that bears out their machinic impersonality).

Some argue that Gargett is engaging in a Sokalesque spoof on the academy in which he exposes for ridicule the ludicrous laxness of peer review. Perhaps....

The whole thing is both utterly hilarious and terribly sad...

Posted by mark at May 7, 2004 02:56 PM | TrackBack

That is just astounding - followed all the links thru. it beggars belief! well uncovered, all concerned

Posted by: Dave S at May 7, 2004 05:08 PM

I’ll cover the other five we’ve come across in a follow-up article.

Posted by: sphaleotas at May 7, 2004 06:26 PM

At least Gargett doesn't go so far as to echo Land's naive support for notorious neoconservative bigot Daniel Pipes (here)

Posted by: sherlock at May 7, 2004 07:40 PM

So where's he ripping off his film reviews from, and who remembers him at Warwick (or anywhere else for that matter)?

Posted by: johneffay at May 7, 2004 11:18 PM

Make that six...

Posted by: sphaleotas at May 8, 2004 02:01 PM

Make that seven...

Posted by: sphaleotas at May 11, 2004 01:42 AM

Make that nine...

Posted by: sphaleotas at July 26, 2004 09:26 AM