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Personally I think 99.99% of Shill calling
is falsely claimed.. That and a bit of a
I think this is not just isolated to our community. I find the same thing happening with the word "Hater". So many people use that word to label someone just bc they have a different viewpoint. In this day and age of rampant political correctness, it seems as though the "Hater" moniker is a weapon used to brand perceived enemies.
Government Sock Puppets; Channel 4 WWL in New Orleans detailing the results of their special investigation into allegations that Army Core of Engineer Employees have been using sock puppet Internet Personas to systematically attack American Citizens critical of the Army Core of Engineering in relation to Hurricane Katrina and the failed levies there. youtube.com/watch?v=12_tsowgA9Q
What I class shill-like behaviour is having a clear, one-sided argument that doesn't not change no matter what evidence, facts or even suggestions are made. This is usually a shill outing themselves as a shill. And that is one thing I have found in the past, a shill will always end up revealing themselves if you can remain patient enough and not sink to their level.
"Shill Hysteria" Is Destroying the Conspiracy Theorist World
We have witnessed the terrifying growth of the total surveillance society, the tracking of our every move online and off, by companies and countries alike, and (most recently), the irrefutable proof that shills infiltrate forums and other social media platforms with the intent of manipulating opinion. It's getting scary, folks.
But in side-by-side with these worrisome trends has grown another -- a kind of witch-hunt hysteria where it seems everyone and everything is decried as "shilling," "disinfo," or the like. Yes, this stuff exists. And yes, we have to be on our guard against it. But at the same time we don't want to be so excessively skeptical that our doubt leads us into another kind of ignorance -- what happened with the hysteria of Salem, the French Reign of Terror, the Red Terror of the Bolsheviks, the East German Stasi, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Because the ultimate victory for the bad guys isn't them oppressing us: It's them getting us to let our fear lead us into policing ourselves for them.
Yes, this sounds nice but it makes no sense. You are suggesting that currently people that are trying to expose conspiracies are being shut up by their own because they are being labeled shills. This is nonsense.
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The 911 forum is a perfect example of site sponsored shilling.
And I don't see conspiracy theorists being called shills by their own overthere. It's the "skeptics" that are being labeled shills, in many cases rightfully so.
The whole 9/11 conspiracy world is a whole bundle of crazy that I don't even dip my toes in these days for fear of being infected. I think the tipping point came when I saw somebody claim that the towers were destroyed by a missile cloaked by a holographic aeroplane. It's like a kind of competition to see who can be most outrageous, and I'm pretty sure that most of the people who come up with that stuff don't actually believe it; they're just trying to attract attention and express whatever beefs they have with the world at large.