Oliphant and Sokal – hoaxes or heroes?

I’d like to share one last piece of interest from the The Ungentlemanly Art: A History of American Political Cartoons by Stephen Hess and Milton Kaplan (1968).  According to Hess & Kaplan, Patrick Oliphant created his 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon specifically to please the judges, basing his creation on trends gleaned from a book about the Pulitzer Prize (page 165-6).

In 1996, Alan Sokal submitted an article to the journal Social Text entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity,” a spoof on postmodernism that included various buzz words to appeal to the fancy of the editors.  The nonsensical article was published, much to the chagrin of the pomo community.  Sokal later co-authored a book on the experience of writing and submitting the article, as well as the ensuing outcry.

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

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