Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Absolutely Fabulist

Today's piece for the Daily Banter takes a look at the downfall of Jonah Lehrer, and questions what is and isn't acceptable behavior for journalists in the internet age.

Here's the opening shot:

"So, shooting star journalist celebrity Jonah Lehrer’s very short stint at The New Yorker is officially over, quite possibly along with his entire career. Since accepting a staff writing position at the magazine back in June, Lehrer’s been the subject of quite a bit of controversy, most of it stemming from the fact that he’s revealed himself to be one hell of a self-plagiarist; several online watchdogs have documented his tendency to rip off quotes or entire paragraphs from earlier pieces written for other outlets and recycle them in new columns. That, according to standard protocol, was bad. What’s worse, though — and what put him in a position where he had no choice but to resign — was fabricating quotes out of thin air for his new book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works." Lehrer got busted when he lied to a reporter who asked for references for a series of quotes attributed to Bob Dylan..."

Read the Rest Here

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