January 03, 2017

I answer "Ten Questions"...

December 27, 2016

Federalism and Baby Jesus (with a nod to Trump)

Rick Hills (NYU) comments.


December 27, 2016 in Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 06, 2016

A case study in SSRN downloads, or "Fuck" redux

 My former Texas colleague Mark Lemley (now at Stanford) kindly gave me permission to share this little story he posted on Facebook:

I have an article with the (admittedly extremely boring) title "Rethinking Assignor Estoppel" coming out in the Houston Law Review. It has been on SSRN for nine months. I have posted about it twice on Facebook and Twitter, and it has shown up in all the SSRN journals. In that nine months it has garnered 982 views and 172 SSRN downloads.

 

Late Friday afternoon, prompted by some friends teasing me for the boring headline, I posted the exact same article, with the exact same abstract, but with a new, click-baity title: Inventor Sued for Infringing His Own Patent. You Won't Believe What Happened Next. I did this in part as a joke, and in part as an unscientific test to see how susceptible law professors were to clickbait.

 

The answer is, quite susceptible indeed. In less than two hours on a Friday night the number of views for this "new" article surpassed the old one. In 26 hours, by late Saturday, more people had downloaded the new article than the old one, even though before downloading you are exposed to the same old boring abstract. And by the end of the weekend, the article had been viewed nearly six times as often as the original and downloaded three times as often as the original.

 

The article will soon appear in the Houston Law Review under its old, boring title. But it sure looks like titles matter.

This will remind long-time readers of the late Christopher Fairman's article "Fuck," an even bigger download sensation (see here, here, and here).  Of course, a download surge due to a "clickbait" title doesn't necessarily mean additional actual readers.


December 6, 2016 in Faculty News, Law in Cyberspace, Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

April 07, 2016

Professor Bainbridge, corporate "tool"

You knew it was so, didn't you?


April 7, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Humor | Permalink

April 06, 2016

George Mason's "Antonin Scalia Law School"...

February 25, 2016

Professor Bainbridge does not approve of the rise of the JD/PhDs

His diatribe is amusing, though for the record I think that anyone who runs a regression on what Rawls thinks should be fired!  (Also, Steve, no one is interested anymore in what
Dworkin said--that's just a UCLA thing!)


February 25, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 17, 2016

On a lighter note...

...the quail of West Texas react to the passing of Justice Scalia.


February 17, 2016 in Legal Humor | Permalink

December 07, 2015

Has there really been an IRS scandal going on for nearly three years?

Blog Emperor Caron appears to think so, though I'm a bit skeptical about his motives:  since the "Instapundit" blog run by the right-wing Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds links to each day's posting about the alleged "scandal," the Blog Emperor has another incentive to keep this "hits" cow going!  But what do readers think?  We'll settle this scientifically:

UPDATE: Prior to the invasion of the Insta-ignorance readers, the normal intelligent readership was 30% in favor of the scandal-mongering, the rest against with about one quarter deeming the Blog Emperor's continued coverage the real scandal.


December 7, 2015 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Humor, Ludicrous Hyperbole Watch, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 05, 2015

The ad is for real

Denmark needs more babies.  It's a real ad, though as some of the Danish commenters note, there is some intended humor in it.


October 5, 2015 in Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 25, 2015

You can't make this stuff up, Part II

You know who actually criticizes Donald Trump for being a narcissist in need of constant media attention.  Really.  The "spirit of the age" indeed.

(Thanks to several readers for sending this along.)


September 25, 2015 in Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink