A funny thing happened on the way to the Jedi library…

Last week, I awoke on Thursday, May 4th, to a series of pingbacks and increased traffic to my Reel Librarians blog post about the Jedi librarian, Jocasta Nu, and her epic fail of a reference interview in Star Wars, Episode II:  Attack of the Clones (2002).

Reel Librarians: Star Wars Library Scene

Jocasta Nu, the Jedi librarian, from Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

“It’s May the Fourth,” I thought.”OF COURSE I’m getting traffic to my Jedi librarian post!” But then I realized that the pingbacks were all pointing toward ONE specific article, namely Ben Guarino’s piece entitled “Unchecked fake news gave rise to an evil empire in Star Wars,” published in The Washington Post on May 4, 2017. The pingbacks started at 3:19 a.m. PST, as you can see in the screenshot below.

Reel Librarians | Pingbacks on my Jedi librarian post

Pingbacks on my Jedi librarian post

The “Unchecked fake news gave rise to an evil empire in Star Wars” piece is quite long, starting out with a dig at the professions in the Star Wars universe, including no journalists and a sole librarian:

Reel Librarians | Screenshot of Washington Post article

Intro paragraph to Washington Post article

And this paragraph about in the middle of the Guarino’s piece is the one that includes a link to my Jedi librarian post:

Reel Librarians | Screenshot of Washington Post article

Screenshot of Washington Post article, with link to Jedi librarian post

When I told my husband — a lifelong Star Wars fan — the news, his face lit up. This is how he reacted on Facebook:

Reel Librarians | My husband's reaction on Facebook to the Washington Post article link

My husband’s reaction on Facebook to the Washington Post article link

Although I originally wrote the “Jedi librarian” post in spring of 2013, it continues to be a fan favorite, earning a spot in the list of most popular posts in both 2015 and 2016. I think with the help of The Washington Post, the “Jedi librarian” post is headed toward making the list again in 2017… 😀

 

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