August 25, 2004

Equal Opportunity Astroturfing

In the interest of fairness, my bride has suggested that I point out that it isn't just Republicans who practice the art of astroturfing. MoveOn does it, too, though with them it's more a matter of providing talking points rather than automating the whole process. The Online Journalism Review has published Letters Editors Flummoxed Over Weed-Like 'Astroturf' Growth on the topic. Bottom line: don't look to the letters as a gauge of genuine popular sentiment. I suppose they never were.

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At 10:25 AM, Anonymous said...

Actually, MoveOn provides excellent automation for its form letters, and actually goes one further step of making sure no one sends duplicate form letters to the same publication -- the better to fool them. Funny how no one in the press that has written about astroturf has talked about MoveOn in any detail...
Cheers,
Mark Glaser
OJR

 
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