Because it feels like the system is rigged from the start. He reminds the reader, quite often, that his life is unimaginably stressful yet he asks for no sympathy, giving off a very self-absorbed tone to the text in addition to his giant drops of sarcasm, which are admittedly hilarious but unnecessary and difficult to associate with the supposedly scholarly topic at hand. This book is highly disturbing and oddly uplifting at the same time. I remember most vividly the comments, ranging from disbelief and claims that Tomar Dante, then was outrageously exaggerating the poor quality of writing exhibited by Back when Mr. The Shadow Scholar is the story of this dubious but all-too-common career. Meanwhile, some radicals have proposed that records should be kept on what the aspiring player does in real games.
My main issue was this: so much of the book smacks of justification of Tomar's job. Tomar speaks for the brilliant, cynical, and disaffected of his generation. In terms of pathos, this is transparent: the reader cannot help but wonder why, if the challenges are so extreme at times, the author continues on, particularly as he notes that his earnings are not excessive. Research papers, at least ones at a certain level, should be dissuaded from Internet sources. What is impressive is not so much Tomar's gift for the composition process but his willingness to work extremely hard, and his flippant disregard for the sort of excellence that separates the good from the good enough his race to fill a page-count cannot be slowed down by high standards of quality control. It is shocking and discouraging. The first significant work of my own that was published was a 2002 analysis of a law passed in 1998.
I probably helped him jump over a checkpoint here or there. You may not like him, but you will encounter the man head-on. I was also amazed at the sheer breadth of topics this guy could crank out. It validated my experience in college. Not a bad way to make a living. Just google college cheating and every major news network is covering th subject, But it's really Mr.
In 2012, Tomar wrote a book, also entitled The Shadow Scholar. I aim neither to talk down to the general public nor to insult the intelligence of the experts. A lot of students are absolutely awful at writing and more should be done about this. Lastly, it's a narrative of having a degree but not doing anything worthy of your education and your brain. Of course, I know you are aware that cheating occurs. I can sit through one or maybe two I initially glanced over this, but the tagline forced a second look. Monthly sales jumped by a statistically insignificant 16.
It seems that he has a strong sense of his role in a large canvas, and ethos is addressed through his sympathetic, if rhetorical, questioning. His tone even represents a dash of egotism. Note, I am not a writer. The purpose of this blog is also usually not to take sides or push a certain point of view but, rather, to productively contribute to the discussion surrounding each topic. Last summer The New York Times reported that 61 percent of undergraduates have admitted to some form of cheating on assignments and exams.
His position, in terms of logos, is validated by the facts given regarding his career, as well as by numerous examples of this situation. My time at universities in this country has made it clear to me that far too many decisions are being made due to the influence of money as opposed to scholarship or teaching. Dante used voice covers and did not show his face in any of the many confessions he has subsequently partaken in. The rest of the book details the particularly stressful line of work he was in, pulling twenty- or sometimes twenty-four hour days to make deadlines, taking on more work than humanly possible, and writing on every subject known to man. While the paper has its flaws, I was proud of my work for two reasons: first, the paper includes notes from my interview with the man who shaped the drafting of that law and whose efforts led to its passage--in other words, the paper added relevant, never-before-seen information to the discussion of its subject, and second, I knew that I had read every word I could find on that subject--literally: every word.
Overall, even with the deviations, this is still a book that folks in higher education should read. It validates there is no reality American dream because of debt and the cycle of how America works. In order for a story to be worth reading, it must be different and original. Summary 2 — Your direct and simple approach to explain the article to a 13 year old was very effective. It just pulls you right in.
When he had the opportunity to solve a money problem parking fines by writing a paper for another student, he jumped at it. I find the notion that college instructors should be absolved of all responsibility simply because they shouldn't have to teach writing at that level. It's true that Tomar rambles at times, and that his frustration, drug use, and overall angst will turn many readers against him. The book spoke more as a member of an underprivileged member of society than it did about legitimate issues in higher education, choosing to take what I can describe as immature or biased stances on topics from business regulations to university practices. That being said, the essay on for-profit universities is worth the read, and probably the cost of the book. Dante effectively uses his witty and dry humor and personal credibility to clearly draw upon the rhetoric appeals of logos, pathos, and ethos, as well as he calls for recognition of practices in reaches of a large audience of students, parents, and educators in the college business.
This book is both a warning of the degradation of our higher education system and a coming of age story. It's good for the people! While Dante did agree to speak on behalf of his involvement in this ghostwriting industry, he did so with carefully planned strategies to conceal his true character until blowing his own cover at a specified time, which came in January 2011. An updated graph of the unemployment measures has been posted click on the Alternate Data Tab above or mini-graph below , with hard numbers also available there for subscribers. And just how little and poorly prepared many of these students were. When he talks about his work, he tends to be repetitive. But college is venerated for a reason.