Monday, November 15, 2010

Who Knows What the Shadow Writes (and Chats)?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed is oddly promoting a guy who ghost-writes student term papers. He is termed The Shadow in the account.

Excerpt: ...Ed Dante is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed. In the course of editing his article, The Chronicle reviewed correspondence Dante had with clients and some of the papers he had been paid to write. In the article published here, some details of the assignment he describes have been altered to protect the identity of the student.

The article goes on with a interview and profile of "Dante." Frankly, as some of the comments by readers indicate, the account seems exaggerated. However, the Chronicle offers a "live chat" with Dante on Wednesday at 9 AM, Pacific time.

If this intrigues you, you can find the account at

Note that back in the day, the Shadow was supposed to be the good guy, Blue Coal and all:

You might also be interested to know that this type of activity is not new:

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