What's interesting about this discussion is that most of the established writers, those who actually can make a living with writing, are against it. Cetainly the case for me and Angela Hoy. Yet, if you read not only this thread but some of the others, you quickly see it's those claiming they can't find work that insist on doing it. Maybe integrity does have something to do with success after all. Wouldn't that be great?
Anyway, when novices enter the industry and tell those of us who have been here for decades we're wrong, you can pretty much rest assured we won't be seeing much more from those newcomers in the future. Integrity aside, attitude is everything. "I know it all" isn't going to get you much past writing term papers for which you'll never be paid.
Maybe a nice hobby, but don't quit that day job.
You may be right, but I think that the reverse is probably true for more people. I think it's more likely that lack of ability to find good work leads to less integrity, rather than more integrity leads to better work.
Case in point: Both Jayson Blair and Jack Kelly were very successful, but definitely didn't have a lot of professional integrity. I'm sure many people make it to the top in completely honest manners, but I suspect that many others have no problem stooping a bit to make their way up the ladders.
Though of course, I doubt either Jayson Blair or Jack Kelly ever wrote for term paper sites...