*Double Take* That’s Not Cheating?

Ed Dante has pioneered a conversation on a taboo subject. The Shadow Scholar discusses the frequency of cheating, interrogates our definition of plagiarism, and raises the question of who is to be blamed for student defraudation. We immediately learn that Dante works at an online company subsidized by dishonesty and distress. He is paid thousands of dollars to generate custom essays for incompetent and lazy students. He has written towards mater’s degrees, Ph.D’s, and postgraduate credits in innumerable subjects. We are led loosely through his process of completing a 160-page graduate thesis that an ESL student requested desperately. While explaining the transaction, Dante undermines the system he is paid to sustain. He highlights the inanity behind the significance of his assignments—specifically personal admissions essays, since the assignments allow Dante to select effortlessly from stock material. While other assignments are so taxing and time consuming, i.e. his collaboration with the ESL business student, his motivation can be found only in his profits. He ends the article with the conclusion of his work with the ESL student: she is able to graduate thanks to his help. Yet she remains pitifully illiterate. Oh, the irony.



Ed Dante always wanted to be a writer, according to his brief autobiography in The Shadow Scholar. After a few failures and lack of support in college, he found prosperity in writing papers for lazy fraternity members. Upon graduating he got a job at an online company where he writes papers, essays, and theses for students in every subject. Students pay him thousands of dollars for papers, and they never get caught. Although things seem foolproof, he’s ready to retire. The stupidity of lazy rich students, desperate underprovided students, and frantic ESL students is tiring. Between the “personal” assignments he produces and the long theses he writes, Dante highlights the fact that his clients share one thing in common: they want to know their assignment is in good hands. So if students care about the security of their work, who is actually to blame for cheating? Dante only writes assignments; he isn’t the one demanding a specific quality from students. He straddles his love of writing and his impersonal products throughout the article, and leaves us with a short anecdote: one of his long-term clients—an ESL business student—is able to graduate thanks to his help. Yet she still doesn’t know how to write properly.


But Affirmative Action is wrong? #WaitWhat #Ain’tNobodyGotMoneyForThat #EdDante

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s