Sunday, November 18, 2012 | Categories: Documentaries
The logo is a bearded egghead at a blackboard with two words on it: Epistemology Party. And the pitch to potential customers is simple: "Don't have the chops to write your own essays? We will."
The company is called Unemployed Professors dot com. It's based in Montreal - or so the advertisement says.
The sleazy offer is nothing new. There have been ads for essay farms for years.
But the internet has driven plagiarism to new heights. The problem is now so widespread that student essays must be submitted to computer data bases like "Turn-it-in," that detect bought or copied work.
Not to worry!, soothes Unemployed Professors.com. We sell original essays ... written on demand by academic mercenaries. Tenured professors with gambling problems, indebted grad students, unemployed PhD's, do the writing.
Unemployed Professors.com hires scholars who have been turfed out of
the system, to write essays for students hoping to claw their way in.
Our Montreal producer David Gutnick, wanted to know more about Unemployed Professors.com. So he emailed the site. Now normally, David can convince almost anyone to talk to him. We thought you might be interested in the exchange that ensued.