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“Prose and Cons ”
Saturday Night Live skit

In 1981, Saturday Night Live documented the incredible reservoir of prison literary talent in a segment titled “Prose and Cons,” starring Eddie Murphy, as jailhouse poet Tyrone Green. In the segment, prison guards carry off an inmate caught in the act of plagiarism. As the culprit, his arms and legs flailing, is carried passed Eddie Murphy’s cell, Murphy reaches through the bars with a tin cup and hits him in the head, saying, ” Why don’t you see what you can steal out o’ that!”

As funny as Eddie Murphy made the skit, the act of plagiarism is in reality a crime.

"Prose and Cons"

  • a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
  • the act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own
  • A plagiarized paper almost always results in failure for the assignment, frequently in failure for the course, and sometimes in expulsion.

    Maybe you should ask yourself BEFORE you steal someone else’s words, if it is worth it to pay the price for trying to get an easy “A”.

    Outside of academics, the act is a misdemeanor which is punishable by fines of anywhere between $100 and $50000 – and up to one year in jail.

    Maybe you should ask yourself BEFORE you steal someone else’s words, if it is worth it to pay the price for trying to get an easy “A”.

    Give credit where credit is due.

    Try accepting the responsibility for your own future and express your own thoughts and opinions.

    And in the words of Emenim, ” I’m the real Shady. Yes, I’m the real Shady. All you other Slim Shady’s are just imitating”

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    1. June 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      I so agree!
      Good morning! 🙂

      Plagiarism is really rude. I think that when someone puts their heart and soul into expressing something – it’s theirs. It’s like any kind of stealing. If it isn’t yours, then don’t touch it. lol I mean, what makes someone think that just because they want it, they can take it? Do they not realize that the original owner or creator put part of their soul into it? Sometimes more?

      I always try to give credit and if I don’t know who owns it, I say so and ask if anyone else does… there are so many ways to say something… if you wish to express what someone else has already expressed then do so, in your own words. We have enough of those in the English language to accomplish this; words, that is. lol It’s always been one of the reasons I love writing – so many ways to say one thing. You can get really creative, too! 🙂

      Who knows…maybe your version of life will entertain someone better than the one you want to copy. lol

      Ok, time for java. 🙂 Have a terrific day… I’m coming back later to re-read your post on war and jumping for joy – I love the pictures you used. 🙂

      • June 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

        Thanks, Serenity! I actually had video to go with it, but am having technical difficulties, so the pictures will have to suffice. Anyway,…I haven’t had my coffee yet either!. I fixed it, raised it in cheers to a long distance love, took a sip and set it down and wrote…Now, it is cold and I have to get another cup!

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