Tuesday, November 21, 2006


It has come to our attention that the previous post entitled "A Touch of Gravitas: The Old Sailor's Lament" contained phrases that should have been attributed to others. KAR owes readers an explanation of how this happened.

The writer composed the piece in question while listening to his iPod. Later, when editing the first draft, the writer inadvertently failed to distinguish which parts were direct quotes and which were paraphrased ideas, resulting in the writing of phrases that included an unattributed, improper mix of the two plus other points about the "ancient mariner."

Upon further investigation by the entire KAR editorial staff, it was discovered that there were no "paraphrased ideas," only direct quotes. In fact, in the entire poem, only two lines can be characterized as original writing.

To correct the record, KAR will now make the following attributions:

The second two lines of the third stanza are from a song called "Everlong" by an American Rock and Roll band called the "Foo Fighters"; The fifth stanza is a line from the Steve Martin feature film entitled L.A. Story; The fifteenth stanza comes from the song "Woke up this Morning" (better known as the theme song for the popular HBO series The Sopranos) by a rock and roll band named "A3"; The twentieth stanza is the chorus of the popular music song "Let It Rain" by British rock and rollers "Cream"; and the 25th stanza is a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The balance of the author's poem, save for the first two lines of the third stanza is a word-for-word reprinting of a song called "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by the British band Iron Maiden. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" was itself lifted from an 18th century poem of the same name by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. However, Iron Maiden did make attribution to Coleridge's work in the liner notes, so no excuse there, either.

KAR takes issues of ThunderJournalistic ethics and practice very seriously. We have addressed this issue with the writer and sincerely regret that it occurred.

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