Ten Dollars a Page

I found this ad on Craigslist:

Looking for someone to write a 15-20 page, apa style paper with bibliography/references on the pros and cons of first amendment . . . will pay $10/pg. Must be grad level . . . thorough and original work only. Must provide writing samples, resume or transcript to be considered. Immediate need!!!

I can assure you that this sort of thing is by no means uncommon. We are living in a culture of empty credentialism where, all too often, people earn degrees but choose to learn nothing.

I’m not sure which part is better: the fact that this is a “grad level” student, or the stipulation that this must be “original work only.”

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