Monday, August 10, 2009
Good morning. I came across this little gem and wanted to pass it along to all of my blog brothers and sisters. If you’ve seen a recent spike in troll activity on your site (I sure have), there may be an explanation for it.
It turns out there’s a company called Advantage Consultants that’s offering up “professional blog warriors” to “flood the zone” with comments. In short, astro-turf trolls for the blogosphere.
See their recruitment ad:
Read the text:
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“Flood the zone?” “Blog warriors?” “Launch your attack?” “Blog warfare.” It certainly sounds to me like a well-orgainized rightwing has declared war on the reality-based community. So, you may be wondering, just who are these people? Who is Advantage Consultants? Turns out their president/leader is Doug Guetzloe, a right-wing radio host and anti-tax activist based in Florida.
This is no different than the rightwing flooding townhall meeting with shouters or intimidating retired poll workers in Florida.
I believe it’s nothing short of electronic terrorism and if I had a blog and these kooks appeared, I would make a list of the IP addresses and report them to their internet service provider.
Still just lipstick on a pig. No matter how much hyperbole they spew it is apparant that they don’t have any answers for our country. The wingnuts only deliver lies that are easily seen through. They will cater to big business for as long as its there. They are vastly irrelevant and sound like children throwing a temper tantrum.
I welcome all idiots, save the one who tried to turn my post on background checks into a pitch for his company (which does background checks.) That, I won’t abide.
Florida and Texas. What is it with Florida and Texas and rightwingers? I suppose it’s what remains of the Southern Strategy. I have to tell you, I have a lot of friends who have retired to Florida and I refuse to go. It’s just far too conservative for my bones and I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable there.
Don’t just sing it, blog warriors. Bring it.
And therein lies the problem with the far right.
They don’t have any confidence or conviction in their opinions. If they did, they wouldn’t resort to such childishness as trying to disrupt left-leaning blogs to kill debate.
What we’re dealing with is the mentality of 12 year old kids.
Maybe we should launch a counterattack and go on the rightwing blogs with OUR comments! Fight fire with fire…
The pajamas media will ban you faster than you can say “Reagan was an idiot.” I used to post on Little Green Footballs because I enjoyed battling the far right. But I learned quickly, they’re voices get heard and opposite voices get silenced.
I always suspected this was going on but I had no way to prove it. Thanks for confirming my worst suspicions about the radical right.
DMason is right; I don’t know how many of their venues I’ve been banned from (I’ve been banned 8 times from Freeperland, and I just got tired of finding new proxy servers to go after them with.) They know that we’ll feature their stupidity, and they play on it.
I wonder if the NRA is paying them to troll against gun control posts. It would explain a lot.
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