Some positive aspects to writing articles and selling them on the internet is that you get to supplement your monthly income. In this rough economy who can't use a few extra bucks? Another upside is that you can build up your cache of original content and increase your reputation for writing and possibly attract some higher paying customers. Lastly, just think of the knowledge you are gaining by having to research some of the topics you write about. You are, or will soon be, a fountain of useless information.
Imo it is not possible for google to detect properly spun content, it is not worth computing power it requires. They can do this using ngrams for example, but it is uses a lot of queries. And for example article spinner I coded beats this algo, so google cant detect that the content is spun. Manual spinning is also good but it takes more than 30 minutes per article.