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Welcome to the Matrix

I regularly visit the JustOneMinute blog. It is not now an easy entry into current events, because that community of people who seek to understand issues has become a battleground invaded by trolls and sock-puppets who use today's technological and rhetorical weapons in what I hope will be a vain attempt to steal power.

Welcome to "The Matrix".

"The Matrix" really asked "What is real?" In the film, the bad guys manufactured an imaginary world that appeared real to real people. And real people had to fight back disadvantaged because they were obliged to fight within that imaginary world.

Now why should you buy into such malarky? Because David Axelrod, who calls many Obama campaign shots, put you in the Matrix.

From the March '08 issue of Business Week:

From the same River North address, Axelrod operates a second business, ASK Public Strategies, that discreetly plots strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients to tilt public opinion their way. He and his partners consider virtually everything about ASK to be top secret, from its client roster and revenue to even the number of its employees. But customers and public records confirm that it has quarterbacked campaigns for the Chicago Children's Museum, ComEd, Cablevision, and AT&T.

ASK's predilection for operating in the shadows shows up in its work. On behalf of ComEd and Comcast, the firm helped set up front organizations that were listed as sponsors of public-issue ads. Industry insiders call such practices "Astroturfing," a reference to manufacturing grassroots support. Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward, who has been battling the Children's Museum's relocation plans, describes ASK as "the gold standard in Astroturf organizing. This is an emerging industry, and ASK has made a name for itself in shaping public opinion and manufacturing public support."

(Hattip: http://jimtreacher.com/archives/001554.html)

So where's the forensic evidence?

Charles Martin documented dozens of unsubstantiated rumors that rippled through the Internet just after Palin was selected as McCain's vice presidential nominee. Google first references showed many appeared first on identifiable blogs. Mainstream media pick up those rumors and report them, even though the rumors are quickly debunked. Blogs like JustOneMinute, chew up these rumors, quickly poking holes in them. But new and easily identifiable trolls and sock-puppets appear regularly to repeat them, tying up bandwidth and diluting the message. The ebb and flow of trolls and sock-puppets appear suddenly and in flocks. The fingerprints are everywhere:

Poor Cleo, you can't help disseminating lies, but you are in such classy company!

"Official Obama Website Repeats Fake Banned Book List ˘ and Embellishes the Story! Posted on September 5, 2008"

And when they got busted running the same carp you are - voila'! Scrub the site!

Sadly, I don't think there is enough caustic scrub out there to rid vermin like you and your ilk from repeatedly lying.

But do keep up the good work! You brainiacs are vetting Palin splendidly!

http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/09/05/official-obama-website-repeats-fake-banned-book-list-and-embellishes-the-story/

Posted by: Enlightened | September 11, 2008 at 11:45 AM


To me, DailyKos getting the first copy of the Birth Certificate when the fight the smears website had originally planned to roll it out is an excellent indication that the Obama campaign feeds Kos stories.

How he uses them, I don't know. There is no transparency at that site. You don't know who users are or how diaries get on the prominent Recommended list.

The Trig Palin story, for example, was written up by someone who hadn't posted in years. A new user needs 24 hours before being allowed to post a diary, so an ID couldn't have been created just for the story. So did the Kos people use a dormant userID to write up a story? Who knows? All the information about the author has been wiped from the site.

Posted by: MayBee | September 11, 2008 at 04:55 PM


the other day i saw the term 'digital brown shirts' applied to obama trolls. that's a powerful image - and probably accurate i think.

astroturfing; trying to shut down WGN; denying access to information re everything; etc etc. all of these tactics need to be tied together to show undecided voters that the Obama campaign represents a threat to something that every one of them holds near and dear: the right to free expression.

Posted by: ex-democrat | September 11, 2008 at 05:12 PM

There is no rationalization that can justify misbehavior that undermines such a basic tenet of society as to understand the way things are from sensory experience.

Politics is not a game. If Obama and Obama supporters would cheat you of understanding, then they think politics is a game. Unprincipled willingness to cheat others of an accurate mental map of the way things are in an attempt to win by any means would be the clearest reason they are unworthy of office.

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