Do you know how odd it is to hear the Sunday School teacher…and realize that nobody else realizes they are hearing your thoughts? I do.
Have you ever grown suspicious of a visiting minister’s phrasing…and later learned from Google that he was reading straight out of another’s book? I have.
I don’t mind public speakers reading or otherwise using material that isn’t their own. Provided they do it in moderation and with attribution.
But it’s a breach of integrity, ethics, and public trust to do so without letting the audience know they are doing so!
That’s plagiarism and deception, folks.
So a note to public speakers: Don’t pass off someone else’s work as your own!
In the instance I mentioned of the visiting minister, he lifted a huge portion of “his” message from an old book (whose text I found preserved on Google Books).
When I “catch” a public speaker presenting another’s work without making clear what he is doing, what should I do?
What would you do?