Kenneth Goldsmith’s article called “Uncreative Writing” is sure to create reactions. There were most likely ranges of reactions from ranges of people. If I were a professor reading this article, I would have mixed feelings. On one side of the argument, Goldsmith has a point. Although the students have to be unoriginal, they are creating their most original piece yet. What one chooses to put in his paper speaks much about him. It takes a certain type of skill to repurpose a paper for a new topic.
This being said, plagiarizing should not be aloud in every paper. On some papers students should be able to take past texts and use them in a way that will benefit the paper. However, it should not be fully other people’s texts. Students should mix original thought with other texts. This is the best of both worlds. They take previous works, and they repurpose them. During repurposing them, they also improve the paper. If I was a professor, I would use some of Goldsmith’s methods, and I would use some methods of my own.