Why Do People Cheat? Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Why Do People Cheat?
A brief look at the motivations behind an act of cheating.
# 152588 | 937 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 22, 2013 in Ethics (General)


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Description:

This author presents a thesis that is rooted in basic morality; it is always wrong to cheat, no matter what, since cheating undermines trust and without trust, society breaks down. The paper explains that cheating means to deprive someone of something they might value by stealing it, lying about it or not coming forward with the truth. The paper looks at how this could translate into what is called information asymmetry as we see in Levitt and Dubner's work "Freakonomics" and in John Stockwell's movie "Cheaters". The paper also considers what motivates people to cheat and why often, criminals will return to the scene of the crime and confess.

From the Paper:

"Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines the word "cheat" as "to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud," "to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice or "to elude or thwart by as if by outwitting" (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). Basically cheating means to deprive someone of something they might value by stealing it, lying about it or not coming forward with the truth. This also could translate into what is called information asymmetry in Freakonomics. Information asymmetry exists when a person(s) has more information than another does and they get an unfair advantage from this (Levitt and Dubner 67-68).
"Information asymmetry is the basis of the movie plot in Cheaters. This HBO film is based upon a true story about the Chicago Steinmetz High School Academic Decathlon team that steals the answers to a state academic competition. Cheaters represents total moral breakdown as both the teacher and students rationalize their cheating on the basis that their dishonesty is allowing them to make the competition a level playing field. Using information asymmetry for gain happens not only in academia, but also on the job. In Freakonomics, the authors describe how real estate agents use information asymmetry and their knowledge of the housing market to make a large profit for themselves."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Levitt, Steven and Stephen Dubner. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. NewYork : Harper Perennial, 2009.
  • Merriam-Webster. "cheating". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010. 9 June 2010 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheating>.
  • Stockwell, John. (2000). Cheaters. New York City: HBO.
  • Theme Entertainment Association. "2009 TEA/AECOM Report ." 2009. Themed Entertainment Association. 9 June 2010 <http://www.teaconnect.org/etea/2009report.pdf>.
  • Unknown. Baseball Almanac. 11 June 2010 <http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/quolasor.shtml>.

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