Vulcan’s Peak

Academic porn?

May 14, 2005 10:01 pm

I’m not sure when I was last this disgusted.

While doing research for an English project on the Stuart court in exile during the Civil War, I clicked on a link out of morbid curiosity and found this.

It’s somewhat like pornography – you know it’s out there on the internet, but you don’t realize how horrid it is until you stumble across it for yourself. What really kills me is how hard they try to make it sound legitimate and morally okay. I love the sentence under “About us” that claims, “We don’t teach nor encourage you to cheat.” Then what the hell are you doing? This is some swampy logic.

It all reminds me a bit of a character in John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, a play we read recently in this same English class. Giovanni has plenty of book smarts, but no moral context, so he can logic his way into anything he wants. Like incest. Yes, he does. Similarly, these folks have tidily ignored…
A) the fact that turning in a paper written by someone else is automatically cheating. Duh?
B) the fact that actually doing the writing would benefit the student’s communication skills, which is the purpose of assigning the essay in the first place.

May I also express my scorn for this company’s writers, who supposedly include “graduate and post-graduate degree holders”? You spend how many years working for a graduate degree and then you use it for this? I’ll live under the bridge first.

Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting.

2 Responses to “Academic porn?”

Pug wrote a comment on May 14, 2005

‘We don’t encourage you to cheat, but we make it really easy for you to do so should you decide to waltz down the dark path.”

I don’t really think this is Academic pornography, just because I can’t seem to get my mind to understand the term…

Odette wrote a comment on May 14, 2005

Re: academic porn. Partly an eye-catcher, partly referring to the connection in the first long paragraph – that they’re both out there on the internet if you choose to go looking. You’re right, it doesn’t work as a direct…metaphor or whatever that would be…

Your image of waltzing down the dark path cracks me up. 😉

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