no, krip, this isn’t fun
it is hardly of any consequence that the usual lynch mob that marauds through social media is having such a fun time indulging in vituperation.
no one’s “having such a fun time“. rather, it’s a sad sad sad state of affairs.
here’s a piece i solicited from a suki in my comment section, whose perspective on plagiarism i share.
It appears hubris has made another man mad. Stuart Santiago is absolutely correct lumping the pang-masa Willie and the ur-conyo Krip Yuson in one post. I am a writer myself and I pity the man for losing his grasp of reality. Since I don’t really have one, I seldom use my name even as I flood the Interwebs with my thoughts, some of them pretty jarring if you’re one of those pedigreed types that compete yearly for best at Madison Square Garden. Yuson, who has a name, is on the verge of losing it. The first stage of grief is universal and we sympathize, but not to the point of selling out our future.
Perhaps it is only fitting that it was a real man who outed him. Yuson has this smell of alpha dog about him. His first apologetic letter had the manly signature of admitting one’s mistake without really admitting it.
But let me give you my simple thoughts on the issue, based on fact and common sense.
Yuson edited the Joble piece for GMA News Online. FACT.
Yuson wrote the Rogue magazine piece under his byline. FACT.
Fact: Jaemark called him out on April 6, calling his action plagiarism.
Fact: Yuson replied, admitting he had “joined the list of perpetrators of plagiarism,” apologizing to “readers, as well as the entities involved” and predicting he “will beat my breast for a good long time, make that a long awful time.”
Now on his 2nd writeup on the matter, we have a man less contrite than he was a week prior… FUCK! Instead of being raked over coals, he says he “might just break wind” over the entire thing. Fuck!
It also appears he has taken back his former admission of committing plagiarism, calling it “alleged plagiarism,” as it seems that an “editor can lay claim to part ownership of written work, as has been argued about in the past.” FUCK! And another FUCK:
“… in all truth, the quotation marks and initial attribution to Rey Joble and GMANews Online were dropped, intentionally by me as the marks made the chunk look so clunky. I thought I’d work the credits back in somehow, once I was about to finalize the submission for Rogue. That didn’t happen, and that’s my grievous fault.”
Now for some common sense questions:
DO you dear readers accept this excuse for leaving out proper attribution: quotation marks look so clunky?
DO you my fellow gullible indios believe for one second that a writer who had the good intention of properly attributing said passages would forget to inform his editor on his sprightly omission of quotation marks?
Please take your time. Then here are more questions:
DEAR members of the academe, do you for one second believe that an editor has a write to recycle a “chunk” of another man’s writing into his own piece without quotation marks or other but equally obvious marks that indicate the “chunk” isn’t from the byline?
DEAR Atenistas, do you for a single minute believe that Yuson, being editor, is automatically part-writer? OK, never mind that. Let’s say you believe he is part-writer of the Joble piece, placing a comma in the original Joble:
“He was regarded as the man responsible for the revival of the popularity of the Philippine Basketball Association. It was under his watch when the pro league agreed to send the first-ever all-pro national men’s basketball team to the Asian Games and when the Asia’s pioneering pro league institutionalized the annual PBA All-Star Game.”
DEAR Rogue Editor. Do you allow double-dipping? Ok, let’s say you do since this is R.P. Do you allow cross publication of a piece without crediting the first publisher?
DEAR Krip Yuson. If indeed you intended to credit Joble for the passages, then why did you have to EDIT the piece – “The further ‘rewrites’ you cited were no attempt to paper or layer over the piece that appeared in GMAnews online, but simply efforts by me to make it read even better, or so I thought at the time.” Didn’t you already edit it on its first publication on GMA Online? Did it sound too much like Joble?
I believe Yuson’s first crime is punishable by suspension from the institutions he is associated with. His second and third crimes, the grave crimes of palusot, is punishable by expulsion. Why are these latter crimes more serious? Let me ask the faculty of Ateneo that. Why is Yuson’s palusot a serious crime in academe? To Philippine Star … what am I saying? To GMA News Online … Are you seriously supporting Mr. Yuson? Do you seriously think silence is a virtue, under any circumstances, in journalism? To Krip’s friends… I know you are no better than this guy, but do you honestly think he can get away with it?
To Stuart Santiago. I hope your suggestion I write a post about it for your blog pays off. We get satisfaction from explaining the obvious. Such is life in this country.