[Ads-l] Batson D. Belfry and Batson D. Sealing, was Re: [ADS-L] batshit
robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Mon Dec 12 14:24:37 UTC 2016
The Sokal [sic] Hoax was intended to deceive the editors (which it did) rather
than the readers.
The Guardian regularly, on the appropriate date [April 1], runs news from the
territory of Sans Serif [sic].
Spoof vs. hoax, but the current "fake news" is probably closest to the Black
Propaganda pioneered by the Brits in the Great Patriotic War -- for Roger
Casement, read Hillary Clinton.
Daniel Defoe got badly caught out when his _Shortest Way With Dissenters_, which
was intended as "satire", was taken at face value -- "Hang 'em all!"
The Law of Unintended Consequences ...
> On 12 December 2016 at 12:37 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Cf. the long-ago Sokol Hoax.
> The "fake news" phenomenon makes such stunts no longer funny. (Though they
> used to be!)
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 6:17 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu>
> > Speaking of Batson D. Belfry (from the Shoe strip), in 1990 an American
> > Egyptologist using the name Batson D. Sealing submitted an article to
> > the
> > British periodical Discussions in Egyptology. The article claimed to
> > reproduce from an old New Orleans periodical a text in an unknown
> > language.
> > It was a fake periodical issue, but imitated an issue of a real one. The
> > text was in Demotic, which the new article misleadingly translated. It
> > was
> > actually a (modern) translation into Demotic of parts of the Coptic
> > Gospel
> > of Thomas. It was set in type for publication and was written up in The
> > Financial Times as a great discovery before being recognized as a hoax
> > the
> > next week, and is listed in WorldCat (below). There have been many fake
> > mss
> > offered lately.
> > Stephen Goranson
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