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Journal of No. 118


September 15th, 2010

Essay Mills - Experiment in Meta @ 07:05 am

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Researcher orders essays from a number of essay mills with the following prompt:

“When and why do people cheat? Consider the social circumstances involved in dishonesty, and provide a thoughtful response to the topic of cheating. Address various forms of cheating (personal, at work, etc.) and how each of these can be rationalized by a social culture of cheating.”

Not only were the resultant efforts gibberish, but when the researcher complained to one of them that the essay was itself partially plagiarized, and asked for a refund, the essay mill threatened to tell the dean that the 'student' had cheated. Wow! Who can you trust, when you can't trust a guy who's gonna help you cheat your way through school?
 
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Journal of No. 118