I’ve been working way too much but I couldn’t let this one pass.
The most amazing part of this story to me is not just how these guys could trick the mainstream press into believing this character existed with all this naive content and low budget tech, but the amount of time they were able to keep this charade going. And realize that this was done during the election season, a time when the press is (or should) be extra careful. Even Dan Rather could tell you that much.
These guys were smart enough to play the Obama bias tune in ways that are really funny (if not tragic). I mean, can MSNBC really continue to pose as a serious and independent source of information after this?
I just finished reading “Rainbows End: A Novel With One Foot In The Future”, and one of the cool ideas Vernor Vinge writes about is that in the future a group called “Friends of Privacy” spreads false information throughout the web just to protect regular citizen’s privacy. After all, if you can’t control what information is published about you, the best you can do is to mix up truth and lies so no one really knows in what to believe.
Well, apparently we just took the first step to this not so distant future.