A Contest

In honor of the Feast of All Fools, and because if anyone has noticed it, they haven’t told me, I hereby announce that there is a joke in the references of my most recently published paper. Whoever first correctly identifies it will win the right to suggest a joke to be added to my next paper, which is currently in preparation. Post your guesses in the comments; so as not to spoil it for anyone, comments will not be visible until after the contest ends.

One guess per person. Must provide a working email address (or I won’t be able to contact you if you win). Do not suggest a joke now; the winner will be notified of the topic of the upcoming paper, so they can think of something appropriate. Management reserves the right to reject joke suggestions, in which case the next person in line will get a crack at it.

Responses to “A Contest”

  1. njn

    73 citations in a 12 page paper? That’s pretty funny…

  2. Patoe

    Found something different: In Adobe (formerly Shockwave) it should’ve been formely Macromedia I guess.

  3. sometwothings

    I guess Hagbard Celine is a funny guy to get a citation from (citation [13]), considering he was created for a book written as early as 1975 (and thus way before the internet), with the book itself having an interesting take on conspiracy theories (according to wikipedia, I haven’t read the book).

    1. Zack Weinberg

      You are correct: the joke is citing this fictional character as if he were a real person. The last volume of the Illuminatus! trilogy contains several appendices, one of which is described as the text of a pamphlet written and published, within the fictional universe, by Hagbard; the intended reference is to this pamphlet. Citing the last volume as an independent work, Leviathan, rather than the better known omnibus edition, was just to make it less obvious.

      Hagbard’s pamphlet does not anticipate the Internet as such, but it does recognize the increasing importance of mass communications (specifically, in 1975, television) to politics, the overt and covert attempts of various entities (both fictional conspiracies and real political actors) to control the message, and speculate that one day TV will be replaced by a more effective medium, which will then become the focus of those attempts at control.