Monday, December 1, 2008

The Term Paper Artist

The Term Paper Artist: The lucrative industry behind higher ed's failings.
By Nick Mamatas, The Smart Set from Drexel University, 10/10/08

One great way to briefly turn the conversation toward myself at a party is to answer the question, "So, what do you do?" with, "I'm a writer." ... If I want attention for an hour or so, however, I'll tell them my horrible secret — for several years I made much of my freelance income writing term papers.

On the Media: The Paper Market
Term papers don't write themselves. Most college students pour hours of work into finding sources, crafting thesis statements and writing drafts. But some don't – they pay people to write papers for them. Author Nick Mamatas was a paper-writer-for-hire, and has few regrets about taking money from cheaters. Listen to the interview:

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