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Howard Rheingold is " aggregating fake, cloaked, hoax websites suggested by twitter network"
crapdetection  digitalcitizenship  fakes  hoax  hoaxes  howardrheingold  lists  reliability  tcsnmy  online  web  truth 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Sokal affair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In 1996, Sokal, a professor of physics at NYU, submitted a paper for publication in Social Text, as an experiment to see if a journal in that field would "publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions." The paper argued that quantum gravity is a social & linguistic construct. The paper, titled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", was published in the Spring/Summer 1996 "Science Wars" issue of Social Text, which at that time had no peer review process, & so did not submit it for outside review. On the day of its publication, Sokal announced in another publication, Lingua Franca, that the article was a hoax, calling his paper "a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations, & outright nonsense", which was "structured around the silliest quotations [he] could find about mathematics & physics" made by postmodernist academics."
hoax  academics  academia  education  science  writing  postmodernism 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Columnist - In Defense of the ‘Balloon Boy’ Dad - NYTimes.com
"If Heene’s balloon was empty, so were the toxic financial instruments, inflated by the thin air of unsupported debt, that cratered the economy he inhabits. The press hyped both scams, and the public eagerly bought both. But between the bogus balloon and the banks’ bubble, there’s no contest as to which did the most damage to the country. The ultimate joke is that Heene, unlike the reckless gamblers at the top of Citigroup and A.I.G., may be the one with a serious shot at ending up behind bars."
via:javierarbona  celebrity  economics  recession  greatrecession  2009  hoax  fraud  inconsistency  finance  justice  frankrich  doublestandards  banking  citigroup  aig 
october 2009 by robertogreco

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