Hardly anything is more exciting than the moral conflict. When journalists approach ghostwriters, there is always the danger that they will not try to paint as realistic a picture as possible. Instead, many interviews only serve to tell the story that the journalist had previously devised.
This story thrives on the epic struggle of true science against the mischief of deceitful students or impudent mediators who sell academic work without moral scruples, accepting that some may get a title with it.
The story of the evil spirit
On closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that it can not be the task of the agencies and their writers to examine the purpose of the work, especially since this would be a hopeless endeavor anyway. Likewise, agencies and ghostwriters can not be held responsible if, after creating a text, they spend it as their own service.
Offense “science fraud”?
The problem can not be met with a new law, which should prohibit the sale of scientific texts; What should such a legal definition look like without overshooting the goal and, for example, criminalizing the scientific services of the Bundestag?
Here, too, academic research and texts are commissioned, and these services are also paid there. Even there, the actual authors do not appear by name, while their results are used and exploited by politicians and civil servants.
The Bachelor as culprit?
It is an open secret that with the deterioration of study conditions and the increasing commercialization of the entire university, the possibilities for fraudsters increase: the more the students can speculate that the lecturer does not know them well enough anyway to assess the authorship of the work the easier it is to deceive.
However, it is easier and more popular for educators to declare ghostwriters as accomplices than to eliminate the failures in the university system.