Friday, June 22, 2012

Jonah Lehrer, Digital Warrior (A Tribute)

Thou shalt not steal from thyself.
I would imagine it is difficult to be fresh and new and entertaining 24/7.
There's probably more intellectual "recycling" going on than we realize!

If we could download his consciousness and pour it into a paper cup, what great (if any) knowledge or style might we distill?

Or do we need to run it through a centrifuge?

Talk about being UNDER PRESSURE!
On Tuesday morning, blogging media reporter Jim Romenesko observed that the opening paragraphs of Jonah Lehrer’s mid-June post to his New Yorker blog, Frontal Cortex, had previously made an appearance in an October op-ed Lehrer wrote for the Wall Street Journal. By midday, a reporter at New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog spotted additional repurposed articles — Come Wednesday morning, blogger Ed Champion compiled an incredibly long list of repurposed material in Lehrer’s books and articles...

Basic Re-telling 101

Jonah Lehrer's repurposing his own material has rubbed mainstream media and bloggers the wrong way - The Atlantic calling it "the seeds of lazy journalism" - but is it really such a big deal - and - why now - why Lehrer?

This is one of those bellwhether moments when a standard is created.
Poynter says that Jonah Lehrer is the latest unwitting target of "the Google Game".

Andrew Beaujon suggests that Lehrer’s work shows bigger problems than self-plagiarism: "If the crowd-sourced forensic examination of his work keeps up — surely there’s someone with the time to listen to 16 episodes of Radiolab — I’d imagine Lehrer will soon pine for the day people zinged him for reusing material he published elsewhere. At least that points to merely a deficit in work ethic, or his ability to come up with ideas."

Slate delves ever-deeper, asking "Does The New Yorker Give Enough Credit to Its Sources?" Here is the answer.

The Washington Post has some tough questions for The New Yorker, which is keeping Lehrer on the ranch, for now --- check this snippet out :::

* When Lehrer turns in his next piece, do you pump every single sentence into Google or special software to see if he’s written the same sentence before?

* Do you do such a thing for other folks’ submissions?

* If you do that for Lehrer’s pieces, how long do you keep it up? In perpetuity?

I say, "Let clearer heads prevail!"

"The art of blogging is basically the art of glossing the news: finding something out there on the internet, and then saying something interesting about it. Lehrer has a collection of interesting-things-to-say, and at any given point it’s quite easy to apply one of those things to something going on somewhere. And if you’ve already said that thing in the best way that you can, it’s a bit silly to say it a worse way just for the sake of not repeating yourself.

But there’s an easy way out of this problem: break the formula, which isn’t very bloggish in the first place. For one thing, Lehrer’s posts seem designed to make you not want to click on his links — he’s not sharing his excitement at finding something new, so much as delivering a seminar on ideas he’s had for some time, and which he feels confident expounding upon.

So here, then, are some ideas for how Lehrer’s blog might become much better."

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The Twitterer said...

Great article! I think they should leave this boy alone!

Anonymous said...

This guy did nothing wrong. people just wanna crucify him that's all

Mavis said...

Everyone is full of shit, and this confirms it.

Dave, have you looked at THIS BLOG ARTICLE BY JIM ROMENESKO?????eminds me of the DMCA takedown notice you received for using a picture. I agree with you there ---- the more "original" images a blogger can come up with the safer he or she is.

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