Any Silent Generation or Baby Boomer (former) professor like myself will tell you this: Naive, insecure students have been attempting to take short cuts on producing expository material since the beginning of the university system.
The task of organizing one's thoughts and then putting all that down on paper is hard work. Writing is a skill civilization acquired late. Many still can't relate to what's demanded.
What is different today is that brandname hyper-competitive, hyper-fast digital media sites are being accused of taking shortcuts way too often. They should know better, shouldn't they. Exposition is their business. They aren't just taking a required course. And they should have the resources to not have to sink to plagiarism to fill space - and to monitor the site to prevent it.
The latest media site to be accused of plagiarism, as Bryan Hood reports in the New York Post, is A+. That was launched in 2011 by Ashton Kutcher .
The Daily Dot alleged that material from Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post and Matador Network has been published, without giving credit to the author and the media site. Here is Hood's coverage.
Since the accusations, that specific content has been taken down. But that should just be the beginning of an investigation of what happened, what systems are in-place to prevent that in the future, and which need to be added. The A+ brand should take a hit. It's a business. It consists of professional communicators. It's not a bunch of newbie students trying to navigate their way through the strange environment of academia.