Recently I was talking to my TA about the usefulness of turnitin, and there might not be much of a point to it at all. Turnitin can sometimes analyze a paper as 30% plagiarized when it is completely original; at the same time, a paper can be analyzed as completely original when the concepts have been for the most part stolen from a separate source.
This relates to our issue of our cognitive surplus. If we can’t be original anymore – if there is no new material to create – then do we need to come up with a new way to describe plagiarism?
What do you guys think plagiarism is today?