Rise of the Plagiosphere
This is an interesting article about the increase in awareness on the whole human knowledge. The basic statement is that there is an increase in our capabilities of searching through what is already been written and therefore the act of plagiarizing will be more apparent. The author goes on to state that this might increase our sense of futility. Our ideas will be ours no longer because most likely it has been thought of before and it is one click away.
I would say that there is an optimist side to this. More search capabilities also means an increased ability to share our ideas in the global village. I think innovation is very much driven by the ability to share and build on top of preexisting ideas. Therefore an increase in search capabilities for me sounds a lot like a drive for innovation.