I took a grad seminar in Sociological Theory and the prof wanted to make a point about prestige and academic journals. He asked students if they could name the scholar who in the current generation is the most published in the American Journal of Sociology. Names of famous sociologists flew around the room. The prof smiled and gave us the name of the man who currently held the honor. Nobody in the room had heard of him, and (thus, obviously) nobody could think of a single intellectual contribution he’d made to the field.