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Ghostwriting: More prevalent than ever

For many students, writing a university essay involves a series of caffeine-fuelled late nights in the library. An alternative is to hire an unknown writer to do this for you. A quick Google search of “essay writing services” brings up millions of results. ‘Papercheap’ claims to be able to write (me) a 10,000-word dissertation in […]

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Is plagiarism in politicians’ speeches symptomatic of a political class running out of ideas?

Despite all the media attention in recent days focusing on Theresa May’s conference speech, you might have missed the news that sections of it seemed to bare a striking resemblance to another speech, given by another leader: Jed Bartlet, Aaron Sorkin’s fictionalised President of the United States (POTUS) from The West Wing. When a terrorist […]

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Riverdale and Twin Peaks: Paying Homage or a Rip-Off?

Teen murder, small-town conspiracy, and a lot of pine trees: three central aspects that would make up a fantastically mysterious television show. In fact, they already do, and make up not one, but two fantastically mysterious TV shows. The series in question are the 1990s hit Twin Peaks, and the wildly popular Riverdale. With the […]