Interesting dilemma this afternoon… One of the “article” assignments that came my way among my batch of usual freelancing odds’n’ends was an assignment that was clearly a college student’s term paper–complete with the professor’s grading rubric. As a one-time college instructor myself, I have Zero compassion for the literary cheat, and I paused to consider whether to accept the assignment at all.
Of course, I know that if I don’t write it, it will get handed off to one of the other writers on the team anyway, and our Cheater will still get a paper delivered (for a steep price, I’m hoping)–and if that smacks of “justification,” well, I’ll just go ahead and say it: I need the money. Besides… If someone else were to write this paper, they might not do it with the express intention of sabotaging the cheater. Which is precisely what I proceeded to do.
Let me be clear: I didn’t cheat them on what they paid for–far from it. I went above and beyond! Lyrical language, flowing narrative, extensive research, and a “Works Cited” page with more than triple the required number of references, all of them top-notch government sources. The type of effort that a slacking student (an assumption I’m making about anyone who would buy a term paper) would be unlikely to put forth. And presumably the professor will note the red flag I was waving while I wrote. Hey, I watch Burn Notice.
“When you’re communicating in code, sometimes you just have to hope that whoever you’re talking to is smart enough to figure out what you’re saying. Use a code that’s too simple, and it will get broken. Use a code that’s too complex, and you’re just talking to yourself.” ~Jeffrey Donovan, as covert-ops specialist Michael Westen in “Burn Notice.”
I guess I’ll never know if I were talking to myself with this one or not–but here’s hoping I managed to cheat the cheater!
Today’s Synchronicity Side-Note… When I was halfway through writing this post, another writing-assignment came in for me: “Using Cell Phone Spyware to Check a Cheating Spouse”…
Evidently it’s a “themed” evening…