Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trolls and Shills

I am deeply disturbed by the number of industry and government shills and trolls found in comments on sites that run articles that are perceived as counter to industry purposes.

The shills/trolls are markedly aggressive and often work in pairs or small groups so that the person targeted for attack is represented as marginal and therefore not creditworthy.

I've also read about DoD automated troll/shill programs. I'm too tired to post the link right now but the programs exist and I've seen evidence they are operative in the comment section pertaining to articles on Fukushima.

I hope that readers are alert to trolls and shills. Motive typically reveals their presence. Honest debate and dialogue are rarely so aggressive or dismissive as the comments made by trolls/shills.

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