The essay was submitted to Cheathouse. They took a few days to check it before accepting it. They’ve put it in their category of ‘super’ essays, which needs the biggest contribution to read it. I assume the other essays at Cheathouse underwent the same highly taxing review before being accepted. It also seems likely that many of the ‘super’ essays are of equally high quality.
Yes, I know the essay is bad. It is intentionally bad. If you look carefully you should see that there are one or two obvious errors in it to give away how bad it is. What I was interested in was finding how out bad an essay could be and still appear in one of these essay banks.
I don’t suppose I should be that surprised that it got in. It’s already received a negative mark from SweetKimmy225. Looking at SweetKimmy’s comments on other essays, she gets upset that people plagiarise essays when they submit them to Cheathouse. Now I would have thought that the sort of people who seriously contribute to these things are going to be the sort of people who want to use these things. That would be the students who are too lazy to write proper essays and think plagiarism is ok.
I thought I did this because of scientific curiosity, but another personality test (via Pharyngula and World Wide Rant) suggests it could just be an act of evil.
A few days ago I mentioned the Postmodernism generator and how it could actually be useful. I’d also seen a website, which sadly I forgot to bookmark, talking about plagiarism that suggested that professors could submit essays into essay banks to deter students. That sounded a bit like hard work. What I thought was you could generate essays with minimal effort on any subject and then submit them to the essay banks used by students who can’t quite summon the effort to write their own essays.
Why do this?
Not to entrap students. More to demonstrate that the quality of these sites is shockingly poor. I thought if I could publicly get a generated essay on one of these sites and yell about it then it would act as a deterrent against using these sites.
I made a small mistake in my logic. I thought students would want to do well. I was reminded that actually they’d be perfectly happy scraping a pass. Poor essays might not be a deterrent. So I wondered “How bad could an essay be and still be accepted by one of these sites?”
For those of you who have more sense than money you can read the public domain version below. I am aware of the argument that these sites are for reference rather than plagiarism. Those of you who subscribe to this view can pay to read the Cheathouse version at Cheathouse . The opening paragraphs are free and if you scroll down you’ll see the bibliography. Cultural references you might need:
David Beckham: English footballer. He’s particularly famous for the depth of his thoughts.
Luther Blisset. Another footballer who used to play for Watford. His name is now used by an Italian art collective for novels.
Noël Edmonds. Presenter of ‘Noël’s House Party’ which came from Crinkly Bottom. Introduced the world to Mr. Blobby.
Edward Gibbon. Author of a well-known book on the Roman Empire, but not the one listed.
Andre Young. 40-something Hip Hopper. Records under the name Dr. Dre.
With these guiding influences how bad could it be?