In my blog post titled “Uncreative Writing”, I explain why I would want to take Kenneth Goldsmiths class called uncreative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. In his class, all of the work submitted by students must be plagiarized in some way. For my revision, I decided to revise a blog post as if I were writing it for his class. My goal was to merge a bunch of different essays summarizing the Shadow Scholar by Ed Dante to create one cohesive summary. The following post contains writing by eleven different authors.
Summary of The Shadow Scholar:
In The Shadow Scholar, a writer under the pseudonym of Ed Dante grants us access into the underground realm of paper milling. Dante is a ‘writer for hire’, someone students pay money to in exchange for papers. The article tells his story as a writer who works for a custom-essay company of which many college students around the nation contact to request a written paper. The work is difficult for Dante, but business is booming. He establishes his credibility by describing the wide scope of topics he has written about. No matter what subject, deadline, or length, Ed Dante will still satisfy his customers’ wants and needs. He satirically alludes to many of the common traits that his clients share such their appalling grasp of the English language, their tendency to wait until the last minute, and their willingness to spend an exorbitant amount for the service. We are even led loosely through his process of completing a 160-page graduate thesis that an ESL student requested desperately.
Dante, who writes about 20 to 40 pages per day, reaps great rewards from his sleepless nights, earning about $66,000 per year. The fact that a person can make upwards of 60,000 dollars a year by writing papers for students’ displays some of the drastic issues in our educational system. Dante confronts us with a shocking statistic towards the end of the article in saying that none of his students have been caught in the process of cheating, causing us to question the future of academia. He doesn’t try to be accusatory in his article as much as point out a systemic problem. He says that he “wants to start a conversation”, a conversation that he hopes will steer the education system away from its philosophy of “evaluation over education” and refocus that effort towards ensuring the successful long-term education of students.