[ SHOWGSD-L ] FWD: Astroturfing

  • From: Stormy Hope <Stormy435@xxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:03:11 -0700

This was a Sportsmen article, but beware of other "phonies."
Stormy
http://www.ussportsmen.org/Page.aspx?pid 97

Sportsmen: Beware of Anti?s ?Astroturfing?
9/3/09

Anti-hunters have begun using a new tactic to advance their agenda:
?astroturfing.? This term is used to describe incidents where an
internet user claims to be someone or something they are not for the
purpose of posting comments onto online forums, news stories, and blogs.
The anti?s often will do this on pro-sportsmen forums and news sites,
acting as hunters, trying to create divisions within the community.

A recent example appears to have taken place in North Dakota as a
commenter to a Bismarck Tribune story was found to be using a computer
registered to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the
largest anti hunting group in the U.S.

The news story dealt with a petition in North Dakota to ban preserve
hunting in the state. In the comments section, a person named ?Will?
appeared to pose as a hunter and stated, " Any real hunter wouldn't have
an issue with this - hunting is supposed to be a sport, what sport or
skill is it, to kill an animal that is raised for you to kill? Growing
up I remember the thrill of the chase. The chase mind you, that doesn't
involve fences. Anyone who thinks this will snowball is an idiot - it's
practices like this that give hunters a bad name.?

Another commenter noted that they had seen the exact same post by ?Will?
over at a pro- sportsman blog where he had been exposed by the blog?s
administrator after discovering that the IP address used by ?Will? was
registered to HSUS.

These efforts are becoming more frequent as increasing numbers of people
communicate online. Sportsmen should be aware that the anti?s are
taking advantage of this to attack certain forms of hunting and divide
the community. This is particularly detrimental as some media and
others look to forums to gauge a particular group?s thoughts on a
subject. This in turn will make it more difficult for sportsmen to stand
together as the anti?s move forward with its larger agenda to ban all
hunting.

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