Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
V.Raghunathan
Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill
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Thread Started by #Dinesh Divekar

Dear members,
On one of the WA groups of HR, Administrator of the groups, Mr Rajaram Thorve, had raised the topic for discussion. The topic for the discussion is Copy and Paste Culture. He had raised the following questions:
Q. 1 Have we used to COPY-PASTE culture at educational and professional life?
Q. 2 Do you seriously think that whatever stuff/information/data available on GOOGLE is authentic and true in sense as far as Human Resource Management is concerned?
Q. 3 How does it impact on our professional capabilities as we do not think OUT OF BOX to arrive at solutions?
I have given replies to the questions. It is as below:
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Dear Mr Rajaram Thorve,
The replies to your questions are as below
Q. 1 Have we used to COPY-PASTE culture at educational and professional life?
Reply: - In the erstwhile era, typewriters were used to type a document. Typewriters had advantage over manual writing because multiple copies could be produced and that with speedier than writing by hand. However, making corrections on a typed document was not possible. To make corrections, re-typing the whole document was only the solution. Amidst this, when MS Window and especially MS Office were invented, it solved the problem of re-typing. Before taking a printout, one could make corrections and take a printout. Therefore, need of corrections and creation of multiple documents gave birth to “copy and paste” activity. Over a period, it was done so repetitively that it was ingrained in our life and became part of our culture, be it in professional or personal life.
Nevertheless, “copy and paste” has not become part of our culture just because of its easiness. Partially, it is result of our plagiaristic mindset. Instead of wasting the time, people just go to a search engine, and copy whatever available on someone’s work without qualms. This is because of disregard of copyrights.
Not just advent of e-mail communication, mushroom growth of WA groups or other forms of social media has fuelled this culture further. Large number of members, just copy some article from some website and upload on the WA groups. How many group members really come forward and share their workplace experience of implementation of the contents of the article? Few and far between but the administrators allow the copy and paste activity for the years together!
Q. 2 Do you seriously think that whatever stuff/information/data available on GOOGLE is authentic and true in sense as far as Human Resource Management is concerned?
Reply: - Those who uploaded the information on the various websites, were also humans. They are also prone to commit mistakes. Verification of the authenticity of the information is the user’s responsibility. Verifying the authenticity apart, it is important to check the suitability, applicability and above all the grammar also. But then zealots of “copy and paste” culture take the things too far and accept everything at its face value. That happens because of the lack of personal standards.
Q. 3 How does it impact on our professional capabilities as we do not think OUT OF BOX to arrive at solutions?
Reply: - Too much dependence on the “copy and paste”, activity reduces human’s creative abilities. Creating something new is a time-consuming activity. “Copy and paste”, reduces the time spent in doing the job. While all the copy and paste activity is not bad and for clerical activities, where jobs are repetitive, it is helpful and improves the productivity but at higher level, it starts diminishing one’s ability to generate new ideas. Life exists beyond Google also. But to take glimpse of that life, one has to get up from the chair and involve in the study or research activity. That is not easy!
To reduce the culture of “copy and paste” Asian countries in general and India in particular needs to implement copyright laws strictly. Those who violate these laws need to be brought to book. When violators are given exemplary punishment, that will be the beginning of the creative culture.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
28th April 2018 From India, Bangalore
Dear Members,
I opine that the data available in Google or somewhere else can be used as a reference but not to copy and paste. As rightly mentioned by Dinesh the person who uploaded the data is also tend to do the mistake and ultimately the person who is copying and pasting simply continue. Hence the data to be used as a reference.
Regards
Kamesh333
28th April 2018 From India, Hyderabad
Ready availability of material from multiple sources, coupled with a lack of honesty has mushroomed the COPY PASTE culture.
As rightly pointed out by Mr Dinesh Divekar the facilities are to be used to save time in doing some original work ( the ills of typewriter era has been nicely explained by him).
Trying to have success at a short time unscrupulously, is undesirable.
V.Raghunathan
Chennai
28th April 2018 From India
Google is the universal Encyclopedia.
It has a vast collection of articles posted, linked and archived.
The required guarantee of correctness is not there and therefore people have to spend time and cross check information for correctness, updation etc.
But people in a hurry just copy and paste.
This defeats the purpose of learning.
Q. 1 Have we used to COPY-PASTE culture at educational and professional life?
Unfortunately yes.
Shortcuts are taken and I have seen even young children being told by parents -Use google and get inputs or even complete projects and then copy paste with minor changes.
Even schools should start using the tolls for plagiarism checks.
This will discourage copy paste culture which inhibits true learning.
Q. 2 Do you seriously think that whatever stuff/information/data available on GOOGLE is authentic and true in sense as far as Human Resource Management is concerned?
Not necessarily true.
HRM information is subject to changing laws and rules of society.
If you cursorily check Gratuity limit older articles may give you lower limits, but changes to higher limits are recent in nature.
But people in hurry can get confused and put up inaccurate information.Many such examples can be quoted.
Cross checking of date of information, source of info is important.
Q. 3 How does it impact on our professional capabilities as we do not think OUT OF BOX to arrive at solutions?
For getting out of box solutions, one needs to be creative and knowledgeable about the topic and in general.
Besides time will have to be spent in research of solutions to problems.
For those who are in hurry it may appear that Google is the ultimate baba with all answers.
One needs to search and fin answers and then merge his ideas with the answers.
Effort has to be put in for any worthwhile solutions.
If you copy then it is not self-expression.
Michael Schenker
Keep this in mind.Research,study,check and then use your god given brains,thought process to make a solution/article with your imprint.
29th April 2018 From India, Pune
Dear All:
The 'copy- paste' culture , like it or not, has almost become the global norm, and it's on the rise even in some of the highest ranked universities. The malaise , with the intrusion of the IT tools, ghost academic writers has facilitated it's mushroom like growth.
Plagiarism has it's consequences, but rarely goes beyond the annotated texts on the brochures / statutes .
I'll be getting back to discussion in detail, the coming weekend.
Regards
Arif ur Rehman
30th April 2018 From Pakistan, Karachi
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