Deception in the Blogosphere
Many bloggers have noted my comments about unusual readers of this blog and in particular my three recent blogs:
Now I'm REALLY freaking out!
How a Public Relations Firm Helped Start the War
Am I Crazy Paranoid . . . ?
I'm not sure, however, how many readers realize that the expression "tongue-in-cheek" applies to much of what I write, even though the underlying facts may be very true.
Be that as it may, it is interesting that in parallel to my blogs about organizations like THE RENDON GROUP and visits from the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY to my blog, there is a lot of discussion out there about entities that pay trolls to impact public opinion on blogs with their comments or votes.
Here's some really interesting reading on this topic, and in particular a company called NetVocates which is a "blog intelligence and advocacy service."
NetVocates recruits activists and consumers who share the client’s views in order to reinforce those key messages on targeted blogs – and rebut misinformation. At least that's what NetVocates claims. So here we are; paid activists pretending to be ordinary people. If you'd like to read more about this phenomenon, check out these sites:
Cybersoc has three posts (click on each word, and you should, this is really interesting stuff!)
And here's more:
wAitiNG foR doROthY
Watch Me Sleep
Blanton's and Ashton's - Article. II. Section. 4.
Read and weep and stop believing that just ordinary people reply to blogs . . .