Saturday, April 13, 2013

CointelPro Internet Trolls: What You Should Know

Do you ever wonder where all the jerks come from who disrupt Internet discussion boards? Some are volunteers. But many of them are paid. Here is a thorough presentation on this topic from BrassCheck TV.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Interesting stuff.

The Internet (blogs, etc.) has become another battlefield in the fight for minds and souls.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I know many of the people I've butted heads with are paid trolls - and they seem to be online 24/7.

I'm going to take this advice and not respond - it just allows them to further hijack the discussion. But, it's soooo hard not to jump into the fray! ("Is this a private fight, or can anyone join in?")

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I know a few, myself, that undoubtedly are. Tom has one in particular; Dave has one, also, who's constantly pushing the libertarian agenda.

As a matter of fact, I'm now convinced this is one tactic of the libertarian movement (i.e., the "Tea Party").

12:25 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Then Dave and Tom need to stop allowing them to post their crap there.

I delete all comments I believe are from trolls. I want people to be able to have real discussions, and I don't owe the trolls another forum.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom's a devoted purest when it comes to "free speech", so he allows their comments. I've tried to persuade him otherwise, offering up the analogy and comparing it to people visiting his home as an example. Once those guests start spewing hatefulness and disregarding the basic tenets of courtesy and civility, he, just like any host, is obligated to ask them to leave. If they refuse, he's not out of line by kicking them out physically, or calling the authorities to do it for him. It's the same when hosting a blog, but he refuses to see the comparison.

I've also explained that his troll has every opportunity to express his views, just as he does with his blog, by starting and monitoring his own. Still, he allows his lunatic troll to stay. So I left.

As far as Dave's troll, I don't believe he's paid. I just think he's a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, libertarian. He actually expresses himself very well, and articulates his views and counter-views nicely. He's tolerable, because he's not trying to be a disruption. He's just offering his own, alternative, approach to whatever is the topic at-hand.

4:45 PM  

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