Satire on ghostwriting

Satire on ghostwriting

Sometimes there are situations that only make a ghost writer smile tiredly. Such cases have increased dramatically in recent years in view of the epidemic-like plagiarism hysteria in Europe.

As a template for a satire can serve the following – true – facts:

A bachelor thesis in economics is created. After various complaints by the customer, who – with foreign roots, or in today’s “slang” with “migration background” – may well speak English well, but in the writing of written papers, albeit grown and socialized in Europe, certain weaknesses in vocabulary and expression, the work will be presented as a draft to the responsible professor, who should make a first statement.

Various complaints are made concerning the stringency of the presentation, the presentation of the research questions and the research findings. This is the occasion for another thorough revision by the ghostwriter. Last but not least, the professor argues that he will rate his student’s work with a bad grade simply because the introduction, which describes the problem and discusses the main issues, will not stand up to plagiarism.

The indignant student, the ghostwriter’s employer, passes this comment on to the author and ghostwriter through the agency he chooses.

He is astonished and affirms that he himself “sought” and chose every word in the introduction, because it is precisely in the introduction that it is important that the reader be taken along and that a precise wording be decisive, so to speak the “calling card of the work” , It comes as it should come: The agency carries out a comprehensive plagiarism check.

The result confirms the statements of the ghostwriter, who is not aware of any guilt or malpractice: Approx. 18% of the text is identified as so-called plagiarism in the sense of the test. There are some examples of legal texts that are available on the Internet (what should the ghostwriter have done: should he have reformulated the text of the laws?)

In some other cases, references are made to texts on the Internet in which the same technical terms appear, mind you in essays the ghostwriter had never seen before, believe it or not, and finally, in the introductory lecture criticized by the professor, not a single so-called plagiarism was discovered in the sense of the test!

However, as far as things go, the knowledge of the ghostwriter eludes them. Since the customer probably otherwise had lower formulation skills, the commissioning of the ghostwriter for him in this case may not have been unproblematic! How should he explain to the professor that the introduction had a style that differed greatly from the one that his student was accustomed to?