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Dedicated to Joshua A. Norton, Emperor of These United States.

"Every sham shows there is a reality." -- P.T. Barnum

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Media Hacks:

"We want people to think critically, and there's not a lot of critical thinking going on. We also made the other side look like buffoons, like Sergeant Schultz in Hogan's Heroes. You make your enemy appear cartoonish, and it gives you a sense of empowerment." -- Esteban Zul.

Pranks:

"Any number can play. Millions of people could nullify the control system which those who are behind Watergate and Nixon are attempting to impose. Like all control systems it depends on maintaining a monopoly position. If anybody can be tape recorder 3 then tape recorder 3 loses power." -- W.S. Burroughs

Culture Jamming:

"Get someone from an out-of-state newspaper to run a story on something sight unseen, and then you Xerox that story and include it in a second mailing. Journalists see that it has appeared in print and think, therefore, that there's no need to do any further research. That's how a snowflake becomes a snowball and finally an avalanche." -- Joey Skaggs

Hoaxes:

"Don't picket - vandalize. Don't protest - deface. When ugliness, poor deisgn & stupid waste are forced upon you, turn Luddite, throw your shoe in the works, retaliate. Smash the symbols of the Empire in the name of nothing but the heart's longing for grace." -- Hakim Bey.

Creative Vandalism:

"Why did I do it? While my method was satirical, my motivation is utterly serious. What concerns me is the proliferation, not just of nonsense and sloppy thinking per se, but of a particular kind of nonsense and sloppy thinking..." -- Alan Sokal

Theory and Advocacy:

"Pranks are symbolic gestures, but they are not merely symbolic gestures. They are symbolic weapons ideally suited to vanquish foes that rule in turn by the use of symbols." -- d0k H0l0day

Extraordinary popular delusions, scams and the madness of crowds:

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