Asinine behavior is not limited to the likes of the Squatch community and politicians.
How about a dispute about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
New York University professor Lawrence Schiffman’s students and colleagues started getting panicked and confessional e-mails, in his name, that pointed them to blog posts accusing him of plagiarism. Prosecutors say the e-mails and website posts were a hoax created by a lawyer on an idiosyncratic mission: to champion his father and discredit Schiffman in a debate over the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The attorney, Raphael Golb, went on trial Tuesday on criminal charges of online impersonation and harassment for the sheer sake of coloring opinion. The case is a rarity: While impersonation claims have generated civil lawsuits, prosecutions are few unless phony identities are used to steal money, experts say.
Scholarly debate. Scholarly – as in just like junior high school. I can imagine the defendant in the case launching spit wads across the courtroom and giggling with his mates.
Tuesday’s testimony touched on topics ranging from the Roman thinker Pliny the Elder to the ancient Jewish desert fortress of Masada. And that was before lunch.
I wonder if they discussed the Ghosts of Masada episode of Destination Truth. Probably not. I don’t know how much truth these people are really after. Courtrooms can be goofy like that.
I’ll leave you with some wisdom from old Gaius Plinius Secundus…
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.
Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected?
It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.
And last, but not least….
Think about that the next time you feel like creating 70 email accounts and taking a Hatfield vs McCoy approach to something.
- Dead Sea Scrolls: were the authors Jewish or Jewish? (ahotcupofjoe.net)