Deviance and the Internet
Deviance is defined as the recognized violation of cultural norms. Violating these cultural norms can also be labeled a crime whether or not it is an actual written law in our society. Deviance isn’t something that is set in stone; rather it can vary based on location or on time (present and future) as a victim of cultural lag. When deviance and crime are thought of in the context of the internet, an impersonal location readily accessible to the masses, the numerous types of deviance actually occurring can become daunting to think about. Some of these are mere deviances against folkways which could be considered a slap on the wrist infraction, while others would be labeled as more formal crimes with moral implications. One such deviance that has been gaining momentum and affecting the morality of a growing segment of society is academic dishonesty, or cheating as it relates to term papers. Through an analysis of the various avenues of plagiarism available for term papers online, we will better be able to understand the factors surrounding this epidemic tempting students’ nationwide. Type in “term paper” in the googler (google.com) and you are inundated with millions of results saturated by “paper mills” offering you a variety of plagiarized papers and services for a few greenbacks. A few years back, a lot of these websites were offering a free collection of essays, but it seems the business is booming as there are even a variety of term paper writing services offering a custom tailored paper for individual needs. SuperiorPapers.com is one such service that offers their expertise in writing everything from a term paper to a thesis to a personal statement for college admissions and almost everything in between. Even more surprising is their pay scale, which ranges from $19.99 to $52.99 depending on the type of document, quality level of writing required, to the turn-around time the plagiarizer requires. BestTermPaper.com advertises its veteran status (since 1997) in this relatively new market as a professional writing service for users from secondary school to doctorate studies. This number site should actually be number two, as it displays all signs of professionalism from a toll free customer service number for the US and UK, 20% discount codes, to a 24/7 live support via a chat feature. Their prices for most of their services from homework to term papers start at $15.99 and PHd level work demands a higher starting cost at $17.99, but they also offer less costly services such as editing, proofreading, and formatting already written documents for $2.99 – $9.99, attracting a wider market of prospective customers. A few other features separate Best Term Paper from the first site such as a Money Back Guarantee, plagiarism checking each document created, direct contact with the writers, and a humorous 100% confidentiality promise. EssayTown.com, showing up a few results down from Best Term Paper, looks like a less commercial and informative writing service at first glance. The site is easy on the eyes, giving all the necessary information to fulfill the needs of a typical customer on the homepage. A flat-rate service for $49.99 promises any type and any length of paper, but unlike the competitors this paper seems to be selected from their collection 43,000 papers and probably modified for the client’s exact requirements. The second service allows you to use their collection of papers to look find what you are looking for, paying anywhere from $25 - $130 for prewritten work, sometimes more. Talk about highway robbery for work that is not custom. A custom research paper, offered as a third option, offers “one-of-a-kind” 300 word a page paper written to your specifications, priced at $18 per page delivered in at least 7 days with no page maximum to $38 per page delivered in 8-23 hours with a 10 page maximum. Quite a cost, with the common confidentiality guarantee, Essay Town does use scare tactics by...
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