Tonight, I was reading a post on Bill Sledzik’s Tough Sledding about political operatives coming in under the “SpamKarma” radar (insert your own anti-spam defense). From the article in The Boston Globe:
With big corporations now hiring public relations firms to pay fake bloggers to plant favorable opinions of the businesses online, many political bloggers are concerned that candidates, too, will hire people to pretend to be grass-roots citizens expressing views.
“This is going to happen more and more, and blogs are going to have to be vigilant,” Erickson said in an interview. “I expect there will be commenters jumping in and trying to build negative campaigns to cause scandal for the other side. That’s my fear.”
The Internet has already become a prime target for such manipulation. Tom Rosenstiel , the director of Project for Excellence in Journalism , said the growing influence of political blogs, combined with the relative ease of posting negative information anonymously, make them “irresistible for dirty tricks and attack politics.”
It isn’t just political operatives being sneaky fuckers, either. Last October, I wrote a post titled “NBC’s Monday Night Lineup” about, among other things, my growing disastisfaction with “Live From Studio 60.” Now, mind you, I think any comment that appears on a post older than, say, a week, is at the very least, suspicious. Most spammers, after all, spam old posts, in the hopes that a negligent blog operator will allow their comments through (thank goodness for comment moderation and programs like SpamKarma). Yet, the flowering praise heaped upon NBC’s lineup by this random commenter today (who has never commented here before) damn near caused me to arch a brow and observe “fascinating.” After reading the above article, I’ve decided it is probably spam, but I’d like a second, third, fourth, and heck, fifth opinion on it:
Monday nightâ€™s on NBC is becoming a great line up. Deal or No Deal is getting a bit old but still fun to watch the reactions of the different contestents. Heroes is one of my new favorite shows its like a primetime drama incorporating all of my childhood memories of the x-men. The new addition to the line up is The Black Donnellys, the face paced TV show incorporates drama, with relationships all set to the backdrop of an irish mob family. Itâ€™s like The Boondock Saints but in a TV version..a must see!
The kicker for me? “A Must See!” Either he’s being deliberately ironic or he thinks I don’t know that NBC used to call their evening viewing blocks “must see tv.”