The Shadow Scholar

Ed Dante, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Nov 17, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm sure people have been writing papers for other (wealthier, less literate) people for generations. Now that it's online, it's easier to set up as a business (though the practitioners are still underpaid and the (wealthier, less literate) graduates are still unable to do the job for which they've become certified (no problem, they'll become politicians and hire speech-writers, or CEOs and skim off the top). That's the system of academia we have set up. The Chronicle, though, sees this as an internet phenomenon (interestingly, this person writes at about the same speed I do - four or five pages an hour, or 250 words every 15 minutes).
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