reply to post by ipsedixit
Perhaps you might care to research Editorial Intelligence.
That's the UK terminology.
Doubtless the US has its own, but researching Editorial Intelligence will provide all the details you require to change your stance ... if you're
prepared to alter it, that is.
Because imo, your post (imo) falls into the category of posters described by the OP as 'disinfo agent'. .... 'sounds like'.
Editorial Intelligence are organisations .. well paid orgs .. who DO employ 'keyboards for hire'.
The keyboards-for-hire are paid .. yes, paid .. to 'write letters to the editor' which put positive spin on whatever the keyboards for hire are
instructed to promote ... OR portray negatively.
It's been going on for more years than I can remember.
The keyboards for hire are paid .. yes, paid .. to pose as 'member of public' in forums .. to debunk .. deny ... derail ... divert .. dismiss ..
They're ALSO paid to promote and put positive spin on whatever subject they're earning their living from.
They spend their lives behind screens, tapping away .. supposedly, hopefully (from their employers' point of view) 'forming and steering'
A major product or politician has been 'bad news' lately ? Then the keyboards for hire promote them in letters-to-editor in 'Comments' pages and
online in forums, blogs, etc.
Someone wants a theory or politician or product or whatever to be portrayed as negatively as possible ? Keyboards for hire then do a hatchet job on
whatever or whomever it is in forums, blogs, 'Comments' sections, etc.
This is not myth or open to debate ... organisations earn substantial income from this sort of 'forming and steering' of opinion. And they
advertise. They recruit.
It used to be that elderly persons of a certain persuasion, in trailer parks and condos in Florida, many of them ... others were youths in certain
attic 'schools' in NY. They're still around. But these days, they've been joined by housewives, the housebound and others. An entire army of
them, posing as 'ordinary posters' .. undoubtedly there are a number of them in ATS.
Usually they have multiple IDs. It's all organised.
If they strike serious opposition, they call in their support.
You see it all the time. Someone launches a thread that they've been instructed is a subject matter not to be allowed serious discussion.
Moments after the thread is launched, you'll see three or four almost immediate posts, all discrediting, dismissing the OP. They'll support each
other's negative stance re: the topic and OP. Then they'll take the issue off topic. They'll derail. They'll attack the OP personally and
anyone who attempts to genuinely discuss the issue.
These keyboards for hire aren't very bright, most of them.
They're also posting like crazy in several forums at once.
They have instruction manuals .. advising them of the swiftest and most effective means of killing/derailing/discrediting etc. a thread.
Their actual knowledge of any particular topic is mininmal in many instances .. superficial.
Outright 'scepticism' is their opening gambit, very often.
Or, they'll post in direct opposition to the OP.
They've been told that many forum members are young and inexperienced .. easily bullied ... easily swayed .. easily persuaded to conform with the
keyboards-for-hire's point of view . Young, inexperienced, newbie posters are often 'afraid' to 'look stupid' before the rest of the forum, so
they often back down. Mission accomplished.
If you keep your eyes open, you'll see it frequently.
Most keyboards-for-hire appear to have a 'respectable' number of points. If they actually earned them is open to speculation. I won't pursue that
angle but naturally have my opinion.
So do a search for Editorial Intelligence if you're genuinely interested in paid disinfo agents and their ilk. You'll never regard forums,
'comments' sections, endorsements from 'Jane of Ohio', blogs, etc. again. Guaranteed.
No time to read back through this. I should have been somewhere else half an hour ago. So disjointed, grammar and spelling mistakes .. apologies.
So their posts