After careful thought and consideration I have decided not to participate in In My Mailbox, in light of the recent events involving Kristi at The Story Siren. I am revoking my support for her and her blog for an indefinite amount of time (maybe forever). What she did was wrong and I don’t think any of us should be supporting her right now. While she may be already paying the price for her mistake, I believe she needs to stew in some isolation for a while.
Let me just make something clear while I’m on the subject…
The difference between a ‘mistake’ and an ‘accident’(taken directly from dictionary.com)
A mistake: An error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
In my words? Any screw up you make – whether you meant to or not.
An accident: An undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap. Any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan in cause.
Please note the differences between the two. What Kristi did was still a mistake, but definitely not an accident. Mistake, sure, but at the same time it should not be taken lightly. Yeah, the plagiarized content wasn’t necessarily original as some people have said, but it is very clear that she took the exact outline of the post. Anyone can make a How To post. But the posts were almost identical in format and content, which is…what’s that? PLAGIARISM.
Anyone who can’t see that is either blind or ignorant, to put it bluntly.
Why am I not participating in IMM anymore? Parajunkee’s View said it best:
You snub the offender by not letting them be heard, you don’t read their blogs, you don’t enter their contests, you don’t follow them on twitter and you do not participate in their memes. You definitely do not click on their advertising or support their advertising or affiliate links. Without a platform that blogger goes from a media outlet, to a personal blogger.
With that being said, from now on I’m just going to do my own post to share the books I receive every week or two. If I can find a meme that I like enough to participate in, I’ll go with that. But for now, it’s just me. :)
What I got this week
by Elizabeth Norris
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Beastlyby Alex FlinnUnholy Ghostsby Stacia Kane
by Kate Evangelista
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Many thanks to the wonderful Kate for sending me an ecopy!
Please share the links to your own hauls with me so I can stop by and see what you got! :)