Tea Party Imposters Undermining Internet Discourse
October 25, 2012
When I brought up this topic for Environmental Journalists last week, many seemed surprised, and unfamiliar with the idea. Here, the Center of American Progress’ Lee Fang discusses his investigation of phony internet “boiler rooms” where “fake online personas” are created to distort online discussion threads, and create the illusion of mass movements and “spontaneous” public sentiment that does not exist.
Most of us in the climate blogging community have a strong sense that this is going on, but so far have been unable to pin it down specific to the climate issue. Clearly evidence exists that this is a real phenomenon for right wing activists in general – it seems like we are getting closer to the bottom of this cesspool.
Regular readers will have seen the Tea Party Troll Training below: