@Cerridwyn True, but not as much so any more. it’s almost trivial to self-publish articles and books, or self-produce music or video. (not saying I could do it but many people 1/2 my age probably could). Sadly the standard for ‘publishing success’ is now if it goes viral on TikTok.
@DanOR@Mark_L often they are worth a fiction even though they are well researched they turn out to not go the direction you wanted them to go or to be disproven the next day your week whatever so I consider most dissertations less entertaining than good fiction in fact less entertaining then bad fiction but they are often fiction
@DanOR I was thinking about a lab report we submitted in undergrad. We had a leak in the apparatus and so we just used the few bits of good data we had to invent the rest. Added noise, of course, so it didn’t look suspicious.
I once wrote a fictional short bio for one of the guests at an SF convention where I was on staff. All of the guests had been asked for a short bio many months in advance, and all but one came through. The holdout just said “Go ahead and write whatever you want in it, nobody reads those anyway.” So I did. And Programming inserted a panel featuring the fictitious subject matter in which he was now expert, with two of our best hecklers also on the panel. It went disturbingly well, and had the convention been able to continue happening, might have become a tradition.