So whose time did they waste?
- That of the journal editors, who are doing this for no pay.
- That of the poor reviewers, who were forced to wade through the pretentious BS and try, in good faith, to say something not awful in case this was the misguided effort of a grad student.
- That of all of us who have to look at this nonsense in the news at the Chronicle and everywhere else.
- That of all in the humanities, who will now have to redouble their efforts to prove to skeptical legislators that the humanities are worth supporting.
Academic hoaxers, or any kind of hoaxers (except Poe and Twain, because Poe and Twain) make me furious.
They abuse the trusting nature of human beings. It's a bullying move. It shows you have power over someone and that you're displaying it in front of an audience to humiliate your victim.
So you get to be a bully and make someone look like a fool. You do you. Happy now?
It's only one step away from the kind of bullying power trip that we saw in the news last week, and I don't have to say any more about that.
Abuse someone's trust. Trick them into believing one thing when you mean to hurt them. Carry out your plan and then laugh at your victims.
If you want to read more, here's some views from The Chronicle.
One of the people there said "Any academic who thinks hoaxing as such is unethical or nugatory is a dull and petty functionary."
1. It IS unethical.
2. I'd rather be a dull and petty functionary than a jerk.