Hoaxes

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Beautiful Trouble - Pocket Edition: A Toolbox for Revolution
Boyd, Andrew; Mitchell, Dave Oswald (eds.)
Book
2014
Ideas for organizers.
Chevron's $80 million ad campaign gets flushed
Article
2010
A day-long comedy of errors, and Chevron's waking nightmare, began when Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, together with the Yes Lab, pre-empted Chevron's multi-million dollar "We Agree" ad c...
The Newsfakers: Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures?
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2012
YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017: April 1 issue
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critica...
Philosophy journal spoofed, retracts hoax article
McCook, Alison
Article
2016
A philosophy journal that focuses on the teachings of philosopher Alain Badiou has apparently fallen victim to yet another Sokal hoax, and has retracted a fake article submitted by authors trying to e...
Postmodernism Generator
Bulhak, Andrew C.
Website
2000
A computer program written by Andrew. C. Bulhak using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text. Each time you click on the page, it generates a brand-new postmodernist essay, completely me...
A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense: Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
Book
2005
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...
Skaggs, Joey: Connexipedia Article
Article
American prankster who has organized numerous successful media pranks, hoaxes, and other presentations. He is considered one of the originators of the phenomenon known as culture jamming. (Born 1945).
The Skeptic's Dictionary
Website
A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions.
Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason - Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to t...
Total terrorism solution
Article
2016
Hoax highlights failures of military, security approaches to terrorism.
Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process
Oransky, Ivan
Article
2016
The world, it seems, cannot get enough of Sokal-type hoaxes. A French journal, Sociétés, has retracted an article allegedly penned by one Jean-Marc Tremblay but actually written by two sociologists, M...
Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
Sokal, Alan
Article
1996
Alan Sokal submitted this parody of postmodernism, poststructuralist theory, deconstruction, and political moralism to the journal Social Text. The editors failed to spot the hoax and published it as ...
Yes Men punk TPP and US Trade Ambassador with fake "Corporate Power Tool Award"
Doctorow, Cory
Article
2012
US Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk was in Dallas to kick off a corporate power-event to drum up support for the foundering, secretive Transpacific Partnership, a secret treaty that builds on the work of ACT...

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JoeySkaggs.com
Joey Skaggs is a storyteller, myth-maker, skeptic, philosopher, writer, performer, and artist. His work is designed to rock the boat -- disturb, provoke, aggravate, and annoy the status quo, as well a...

Sources Library

Anti-capitalism campaigners distribute spoof edition of Financial Times
Sources News Release
2009
Anti-capitalism campaigners in London have published a spoof edition of the Financial Times today as Britian prepares to host next week's G20 summit in London.
Improperganda
The Art of the Publicity Stunt
Borkowski, Art
2000
A survey of publicity stunts, scams, hypes, and PR heists
The man behind the great Dickens and Dostoevsky hoax
Moss, Stephen
2013
When writer AD Harvey invented an 1862 meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky, it was for years accepted as fact. So why did he do it – and why did he also create a series of fake academic identities?
McDonald's Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims
2012
McDonald's denied participating in a campaign called "Three Strikes, You're In!" that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD's stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal. The Yes Men have c...
Pranks, Frauds, and Hoaxes from Around the World
Carroll, Robert
2004
It's pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We'd like a way to tell the difference.
The Snowden Hoax
How a Lie Traveled Around the World Before the Truth Could Get Its Boots On
2015
'Special' New York Times Blankets Cities with Message of Hope and Change
Sources News Release
2008
Hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists are claiming credit for an elaborate project, 6 months in the making, in which 1.2 million copies of a "special edition" of the New York Times w...

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James Randi Educational Foundation WWW site
Website
An educational resource on the paranormal, parascientific and the supernatural.