A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.¬† Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday,¬†I present one of McLuhan‚Äôs observations and talk about its relevance today.¬† 300 ideas. 300 days.¬† 300 posts.
Marshall McLuhan (1960, age 48-49). ¬†Today most learning takes place outside the classroom
Cheap education as I said before costs a lot.¬† The bought essay is an extension of the student‚Äôs minds.¬† A service that allows students to buy essays is a technology for delivering grades.¬† Another example of how learning takes place outside the classroom and by different people from the students who buy the essays.¬† The problem for students who buy essays is that for the rest of their lives they will most likely have to keep on buying them.¬† Only the essays will be called field reports, quarterly updates, white papers, business proposals, or scientific research.
Michael Hinton (2009, age 57).¬† The price of this blog
On Wednesday, October 28th, I told you about ordering a custom essay of 1000 words (including footnotes and bibliography) from the Essay Bay essay writing service on the subject ‚ÄúMarshall McLuhan on the cost of a cheap education‚ÄĚ that would fetch at least 80 percent.¬† As of today seven writers have made bids on this job and offered to write the piece for me that would fetch at least 70 percent.¬† Here are the prices I was bid (which include a $15 for Essay Bay because I‚Äôd asked that the job be ‚Äėfeatured‚Äô on their site): $67.65, $54.15, $112.20, $82.50, $69.00, $109.50, and $69.00.¬† The average price is therefore $80.57, which is lower than I guessed it would be.¬† But not low enough to persuade me to buy an essay and post it on this site.¬† Possibly because if the writers do an Internet search I may wind up buying back my own words.
Today I went to the Concordia Library and picked up the October 27 issue of The Link, the student newspaper in which I first saw the ad.¬† The ad for custom essays was still being printed in the papers classified section.
If you have a son or daughter at college or university ask them about the practice of buying essays.¬† Who does this?¬† Are they tempted to do this?¬† If you are going to college or university ask yourself: Would you or have you ever bought one?¬† Was this a good experience? ¬†Do you know anyone who did?¬† Were they proud, ashamed, uncaring or indifferent to what they had done?¬† What excuses if any do people give for buying a paper?¬† Is the essay an obsolete assessment and learning tool?
Cordially, Marshall and Me
Reading for this post
McLuhan, Marshall.¬† ‚ÄúClassroom without Walls,‚ÄĚ in Explorations in Communication. Edited by Edmund Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan.¬† Boston: Beacon, 1960, pp. 1-3.
Posner, Richard A. The Little Book of Plagiarism.¬† New York: Pantheon, 2007.
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