Mac Diva gives a good rundown of the Sean-Paul Kelley (aka the Agonist) plagiarism bit (click here for the Wired story). I agree with most of what she has to say, and an anecdotal piece that leads me to believe he is still up to no good- at least finding links and then not providing the obligatory (as far as netiquette goes) hat tip.
At any rate, Sean-Paul today posted an interesting story about children jailed by Hussein being released by the Marines. He posted the story at 2:23 EST, and the site he linked to was an from Spacewar.com.
Guess what- two major coincidences! I used the spacewar.com link too! So did Sean-Paul- ten minutes later! Weird coincidence, considering it was widely reported by a number of news sources other than a site called SPACEWARS.COM.
Another weird coincidence- before this, Sean-Paul had NEVER cited the spacewars.com cite. Guess what this leads me to believe?
Yeah- Sean-Paul’s news collection method is to read other people’s weblogs and then to post the information to his cite. Classy- but then again, he is an unrepentant plagiarist (although he claims to have learned something- probably something he should have known before, mainly that publishing someone else’s copyrighted material as your own work is dishonest, illegal, and highly unethical).
In fairness, this could be just a weird bunch of coincidences, but then again, Sean-Paul has no credibility. He will probably be working at the NY Times in a matter of weeks. Also- let me be clear- I am not accusing him of being a plagiarist (that much is already proven). Nope- just someone incapable of proper netiquette. Check the Command Post Archives- when we have seen something on his site, we attribute it to him. But then again, we are not self-centered promotion hounds with inflated egos and deflated sense of right and wrong.
I must also disclose that I haven’t liked Sean-Paul since he wrote an obnoxious screed claiming that he, and only he had come to an enlightened position regarding the war. The rest of us were just bloody warmongerers.
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The delighfully crabby Andrea Harris has some comments on the issue.