There is really a website for everything. Need to have your groceries delivered? There’s a site for that. Need to have your dog walked? There’s a site for that too. How about renting a handy man? Yup, of course you can find that on the Internet. Are you a college student that doesn’t feel like writing an essay? Well, you can now hire unemployed professors to do it for you!

“I know you got 99 problems and an essay ain’t one”, boasts the site Unemployed Professors. The website purportedly employees unemployed professors and allows for students to submit their essay proposals while professors bid on them. I’m not sure who should have the finger pointed to first. The student? Or the professor? On the FAQ section of their site, they make no qualms about it:

IS IT ILLEGAL TO BUY AN ESSAY?
Absolutely not – we offer custom research tailored to your needs. We might be mercenaries but sure as hell are not going to pop a cap in anybody’s ass. We’re just transferring copyright over research that we’ve done, in exchange for our fee, to you. Feel free to do whatever you want with the essay – you own it. Karl Marx would flip around in his grave but that’s the beauty of capitalism baby!

IS IT UNETHICAL FOR ME TO BUY AN ESSAY?
If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Only you can answer that question.

ISN’T IT REALLY UNETHICAL FOR YOU TO BE WRITING THESE ESSAYS FOR CASH?
Incredibly so, and because the academic system is already so corrupt, we’re totally cool with that. We even all have matching tweed t-shirts.

WILL PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE “CATCH” MY ESSAY?
They say that it’s called fishing instead of catching for a reason but that’s not the point. If you seriously think that a CUSTOM-WRITTEN essay can be caught by plagiarism software, you probably shouldn’t be in college. The whole reason why you’re using this services is so that your lazy ass doesn’t itself have to plagiarize. Long answer? We source and cite everything we write on the basis of our long experience of non-plagiarizing. Short answer? No, you’re not going to get caught unless you do something stupid like tell everyone that you bought an essay.

Um, they just called a person a “lazy ass”.

The humor and sarcastic tone of the site is what I enjoyed about it the most but these types of companies aren’t new. They’ve been around forever. A simple google search will lead you to tons of sites that offer essays and dissertations for sale, but this one seems to be more tongue in cheek about it.

As a person that works in a collegiate setting with professors, I don’t blame them in seeking financial means outside of their job, so I can only imagine how appealing something like this could be for an unemployed professor.

Students on the other hand, have been cheating since the dawn of time. Does it make it right? Of course not. But now that there are more services like this popping up, it definitely makes it more convenient.

Do you think services like Unemployed Professors is unethical?

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  • Keke

    I think it’s unethical. If someone does your work for you it’s not your work then is it? I saw people in my undergrad program who paid people to do their essays and then when the next exam, test, etc. came around they were screwed because they couldn’t top the level of sophistication of their last “A” or “B” paper. In the end, that person doesn’t learn anything from letting another person do all the work.

  • Regardless of being ethical or not, it doesn’t really help a student learn, is that not the point of college?