Modern Ghostwriting Controversy

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Writing is one of the essential foundations of the modern American economy, but ghostwriting, the act of an employer hiring a writer and claiming authorship rights, enables businesses, politicians, and even students to be deceitful. In the Romantic ages, authorship belonged strictly to the writer, and therefore authorship controversy was rare. As of now, authorship does not exist and writers have to fight to make a living where they do not have to sell the rights to their works. The common belief is that ghostwriting is legal because it is essential to supporting the busy American economy, but what most people do not consider is that writers do not need to be ghosts to perform their jobs. A modern cultural alteration caused America to neglect…show more content…
Time-management is a major factor in the workings of America’s economy; if America’s system did not rely on servitude to make use of every second, then the economy would not have grown into the largest in the world. Without writing services, businesses would lack the ability to competitively market their item and the economy would lose some of its strength. According to Deborah Brandt, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, writing talent is seen as a “scarcity,” and therefore “wordsmiths have become as important as attorneys or accountants in terms of the specialized assistance;” in the midst of commercialism, writing for marketing is essential in all areas of business (559). Ghostwriting applies to this concept of time management because writing is a tedious task in which both business leaders and political leaders need to harness in order to maintain their image and company on high standing. The reason that business and political leaders do not give credit to their writers is because the “[writing] industry relies on the fame of national politicians and celebrities” in order to thrive (Brandt 549). Speechwriting is one of the most common and accepted practice of ghostwriting. In 2003, Dennis Kucinich argued that because he never used ghostwriters to write his speeches or his books, he was more trustworthy than the other candidates. People have a general distrust towards…show more content…
Adam Jacobs, a former president of the European Medical Writers Association, argued that professional medical writing and ghostwriting are different, even though professional medical writing does not give credit to the author. One would understand why he attempts to justify the ethicality of his work, considering he was the former head of his business, but does that mean he is correct? He claims ghostwriting is “unquestionably unethical,” but medical writing works in “accordance with guidelines for ethical publication;” the question is, why does working with guidelines distinguish ghostwriting from medical writing (Jacobs 378)? Any writing where the real author is not given credit is considered ghostwriting, and one should not dismiss medical ghostwriting as ethical. Some believe giving the real writer credit would invalidate the written work, so they attempt to justify ghostwriting. A clear solution to ghostwriting controversy would be to give the real author credit on at least a copyright page instead of solely the guest author. Linda Logdberg, a former medical ghostwriter and a professor for the Georgia Perimeter College explains the unethicality of ghostwriting after experiencing the business first hand. When she first began her job as a ghostwriter and watched her exact written words be published in the name of another,
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