A Very Short Story on ChatGPT and Plagiarism

Mayank Batavia
2 min readFeb 15, 2024

Here’s a short story on ChatGPT and plagiarism for content writers.

Our friend Burro prided himself in being very good at Math.

(The truth was, he wasn’t.)

One day, he offered to help his son Stultuso with his Math homework.

Stultuso reluctantly accepted.

The next day at school, the Math teacher looked at Stultuso’s homework.

And then asked, “Did your dad help you with this?”

Stultuso was pleased.

“Dad must have got even the most difficult ones right!” he thought.

So he confessed, “Yes, ma’am. He did.”

The teacher sighed. “I knew it! It’s impossible for one person to make so many mistakes!”

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Three lessons for content writers.

1. Use ChatGPT. But don’t throw out caution.
As of today, it provides you with a starting point. Don’t trust it blindly.

2. Plagiarism hurts.
Copying is different from quoting. Citing, analysing is smart. Plagiarism isn’t.

3. Not everyone who offers help is an expert.
Just because your fufaaji worked with a major paints company all his life doesn’t make him an expert designer. Check relevant credentials.

Note: Burro is a fictional character I have written about on, mainly, LinkedIn to make a point (Entirely fictional. Any resemblance is coincidental and unintended).

Almost always, my Burro stories are based on jokes that I have heard/read. I try to learn and share the lessons behind the humour. My favorite number is three, so I create three lessons.

Originally published on LinkedIn

Previous Burro Stories

  1. What Content Writers Can Learn From The Wedding Suit
  2. What Being Mugged Taught Burro
  3. A Short Story on Content
  4. A Very Short Story About SEO
  5. A Very Short Story About Client Context

(Joke: Padmashri Shahbuddin Rathod. Image Undraw)

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Mayank Batavia

Interested in AI, data privacy and our next-door dragon. Teach/Taught math. Love smart puzzles that I can’t solve, which means most. Run blog www.almostism.com