Because a Philippine senator and his staff who did just that apparently thought so. And they’re not apologizing for it.
I’m a blogger in addition to being a news writer-slash-editor and I naturally find it disturbing that people who plagiarize in the guise of research could not even come up with a decent apology after they were caught with their hand inside the cookie jar. This goes to show just what they think of blogs and bloggers.
If someone as high ranking as a senator and his cadre of highly educated underlings hold bloggers in low regard, I wonder how many out there also share the same sentiment? That because it’s just a blog, it’s totally okay to pillage from it and use its content for their own purposes. No need for proper accreditation. It’s just a blog, and she’s just a blogger.
Just a blog. Just a blogger.
Wouldn’t you agree that senators and other government officials would really benefit from hiring bloggers or social media enthusiasts in their staff. In this day and age where one can quickly look and sound like a fool at the click of a button, a social media expert in their payroll would save them from future online and offline embarrassment.