The Reformers, my documentary about the infamous Sokal squared hoax, will premiere here starting Sunday, May 7th. In the film, I track mathematician James Lindsay, philosophy professor Peter Boghossian, and feminist historian Helen Pluckrose as they execute a covert sting operation to expose what they call “corrupt research practices” in politically charged academic fields. The team submits satirical papers to leading academic journals in the areas of race, gender, and identity to see if ideologically flattering conclusions will entice editors and peer reviewers to overlook ridiculous claims and broken methodology. In the film, I attempt to include the production itself as much as possible and mess with the fourth wall in a style that might be seen as gonzo-journalism. I wanted to avoid over-analyzing the events and subject matter and let my observations and the characters speak for themselves so that the audience experiences the unfolding story much as I did.
Yup, I've been waiting a long time to see this and am VERY excited. Great work Mike!
Are you going to be able to get on the podcast circuit to promote this? I know it will be great and I really want it to get as wide an audience as possible.
I super psyched to see this after watching Lindsay and Boghossian discuss it and reference your filmmaking on JRP...I joined Substack after subscribing to your YouTube channel...
This looks brilliant. These three individuals do brilliant work and what the widest audience possible should see what they have exposed.
I'm so glad you're doing this!! Thank you
Dude, how can I share your preview with people? Do they need to be on substack to watch it?
Sounds like a great film. Been following many of the people who were involved in this and some of the negative effects of people who believe these things.