Phil Friedman en beBee in English, College, Education and Training Writer/Editor | Marketer | Ghost Writer | Marine Industry and Small-Business Consultant • Port Royal Group 13/10/2017 · 1 min de lectura · 1,2K

Invitations Such As This to Commit Academic Fraud Are ...

Invitations Such As This to Commit Academic Fraud Are ...


Notice that the "author" of this offer to help you cheat on school writing assignments makes more than eight substantive grammatical and style errors in the first run-on sentence of this introduction to his or her advertisement on behalf of premeditated cheating.

He or she then goes to make even more errors in the balance of the text.

BeBee should be embarrassed to carry this, but even more that its content-bot gave the article-cum-advertisement a "relevant".

Both students and non-students in need of writing help should seek out legitimate providers of writing improvement services. And they should avoid those who offer to help them commit academic and intellectual fraud.  -- Phil Friedman 

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Phil Friedman 21/10/2017 · #35

#33 I agree that writing non-bylined material for a brand or firm is NOT ghostwriting. But not because of who the user is, rather because there usn’t a byline attached. For the same reason, no ethical issues are involved. Cheers!

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Alexa Steele 21/10/2017 · #33

#32 This might go without saying, but there is also a difference between writing content for a brand and writing on behalf of an individual. When I write content for a brand I don't consider it ghostwriting, even if I don't get the byline. Of course, a nice "about the author" blurb with a link back to my website is always nice, but not required under a writing-for-hire scenario.

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Phil Friedman 21/10/2017 · #32

#31 Very good point, @Alexa Steele. There is a spectrum of ghostwriting which runs from re-write/editing (polishing up the client's original work and ideas) to writing a piece from start to finish, including developing the original idea(s). The latter is, as you say, just as questionable ethically as writing academic papers to be submitted under someone else's name. I personally have always been able to dissuade a potential client from taking the latter path by pointing out the risk of exposure if someone smart should simply ask a couple of well-framed questions about the work. And I usually suggest writing the piece under my own byline, specifically for their use with a brief introduction by them to the white paper or other piece. That way, they get to "content" mileage out of the piece but avoid misrepresenting it as their original work. Cheers!

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Alexa Steele 21/10/2017 · #31

#29 I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Ghostwriting is about helping someone (usually a professional) put his or her own ideas into presentable pros. Of course, there are plenty of ghostwritten works out there to which the named author contributed zero original thought. But I would question those works legitimacy just as much as you are with the academic papers.

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Phil Friedman 20/10/2017 · #30

#29 Good points, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. The point is that selling an academic paper to a student with the intent for that student to submit it for credit as his or her own work is NOT ghostwriting. It is soliciting and participating in academic fraud.

Ghostwriting is, as you point out, writing for hire. I would add that it has to do with helping someone communicate his or her ideas to an audience -- which might be customers or colleagues or target markets. It might even be for the purpose of creating a white paper or a book that is sold for profit. None of which is fraudulent because the work itself has more or less value and stands on its own.

This is not the case for an academic paper which is submitted in satisfaction of an assignment or requirement in connection with the student (the buyer) receiving certification that he or she has completed a given course of study satisfactorily. That IS fraudulent.

In some cases, you may feel it doesn't matter. But what would you think if the professional engineer who designed the high bridge you drive across every day had cheated by having someone else do most of his or her work in the course of getting a degree and being certified? Or the surgeon who is going to take out your appendix next week? Or -- perhaps this will make more sense -- the chef who is nominally trained and given a certificate in safe food handling?

How would you feel about people in Quebec hiring other people to take their driver's license tests for them? Oh, wait, that might not be a fair question about Montreal drivers. :-)

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Paul "Pablo" Croubalian 20/10/2017 · #29

#28 Actually, this is not at all related to ghostwriting, even if you used quotes around legitimate to (possibly) imply there is no such thing.

Ghostwriting is just writing as work-for-hire. Of course, there is legitimate ghostwriting. It is a valuable service offered to those whose talents lie in other areas, or to those for whom English is not fully mastered.

Contrary to popular belief, while everyone can write, not everyone can write well.

Even for my clients, I don't really write their stuff for them. I usually start from a topic and bullet-form points, or the equivalent of a BUFD (butt-ugly first draft).

I'm usually already familiar with the topic so away I go (I mostly write for tech people, although lately Finance, Real Estate, and Legal stuff has been coming my way. ) Often, what I do is more editing than writing.

Having someone else do your homework is good for grades but crap for actual learning. I really don't understand the point.

Having a professional polish your thoughts into presentable prose is completely different. It's just a question of using resources to their best use.

I disagree about this being beBee's responsibility. It has nothing to do with them, and there is no need for beBee to be embarrassed, or even peeved. Taking action would open the evil door of censorship. Where would it start and stop?

We bees are smart enough to decide what we think.

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Phil Friedman 19/10/2017 · #28

So, guys, I am surprised that up to this point nobody out there has raised the question of how this differs from "legitimate" ghostwriting -- if it does. What say you? @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, @Milos Djukic, @John White, MBA, @Wayne Yoshida, @Aleta Curry, @Alexa Steele, @Jerry Fletcher and others?

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Randall Burns 19/10/2017 · #27

#26 Reminds me of the,

"Derek Zoolander School For Kids That Can't Read Good And Want To Do Other Things Good Too "

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