If you’re in university at the moment, and wanted to buy an essay, I was under the impression that the best you could do was to procure an off-the-shelf, pre-written one. As it turns out, you can order customized essays on any subject for US $19.99 to $42.99 a page:
In a previous era, you might have found an essay mill near a college bookstore, staffed by former students. Now you’ll find them online, and the actual writing is likely to be done by someone in Manila or Mumbai. Just as many American companies are outsourcing their administrative tasks, many American students are perfectly willing to outsource their academic work.
It’s nice to know that, if everything else goes south, one could always make okay money writing somebody elses’s Psych 101 paper.
Incidentally, it’s this kind of journalism–long term projects that require a lot of dogged investigation and research–that’s most at risk with the downfall of newspapers.