Early Signs of Desperation in the Nutsphere
Now most of that post was exaggeration, but there was a kernel of truth in ever item, especially number 1:
Never comment on "lefty" blogs - It just legitimizes their sad and useless lives, in addition to driving up their traffic stats.So here's the thing: In the last month, Blognonymous has been getting an increasing number of wing-nut comments, and not the usual anonymous troll drivel either. Nope, some of this stuff, while still insulting, is often long and occasionally cogent.
So here's the question: What's up in the nut-sphere? Studiously avoiding left-wing blogs is almost a commandment for right-wingers. Are they losing traffic? Is a never ending chorus of "Yeah. Right on!" comments in response to every inane post no longer enough? Or perhaps, it's the first signs of desperation. November is coming and looks like the left is beginning to ascend. Hmmm...
(Thanks to Cartledge @ Talk About Corruption for the post that got me thinking along these lines.)
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I'm starting to agree with Mike over at Crest... The bin from now on.
Just as well that I've known the same arseholes on other continents, always from the right, often from the religious right.
And therein lies the difference between you and I, my friend from the Empire Upon Which the Sun Never Sets. Every time I get a comment like that, I grin an evil little froggy grin and fire back with some sugar-laced snark. (I'm not called "The Garrote of Courteous Debate" for nothing.)
But seriously don't you think that this is symptomatic of the fact that things are shifting? It's no longer, "Look at me! I can say the most outlandish crap, and miserable wretches will still come and read my blog!" But rather, "If you won't come to me, I'm gonna shove my crap down your miserable throat!"
I'm laughing all the way to the ballot box.
I realise the right are traditionally anti-intellectual but I see enough of their arguments elsewhere that are at least framed in the 'thoughtful' way.
I just get the ones who threaten to come there, wherever 'there' is in their minds, and do bodily harm.
Oh, I do hope you are right, before these people become the storm troopers.
But I think there is a bigger issue that you point out Kvatch, that these reichwingers are surfing ever more these days at lefty blogs...perchance, could it be that there is a mid term election that they desperately don't want to loose, but know very well that they are going to get their asses handed to them on a platter?
(Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)
WS, yup fear of marginalization is definitely at work here.
SA, considering how some of these bozos write, if they're really employed by right-wing think tanks, somebody needs to get their money back.
I patiently went through some of the AOL archives, checked different message boards, and noticed that some of the coherent right wing posters were at times posting profusely 24 hours straight which is physically unlikely. I've never seen any blogger post as much as the supposed individual on each of these suspect AOL accounts did. And they were on the boards almost 7 days a week, though there were periods of less posting.
A lot of the posts were right wing articles but now and then some posts were clearly addressing comments by liberal posters in a seemingly rational way but they were coming too fast to be from a single person. I very much suspect not only paid posters but also tag teams probably in two to four shifts and occassional simultaneous team posting of some sort on the same shift.
There seemed to be an effort for each account to have a style, a fictional Marine sargeant for example, but the styles would occassionally break down for several weeks (that for me was the confirmation) as if a couple of new people had joined the team. I don't think there were many of these organized posters; I identified at least five that I was certain about and I suspect there were maybe a dozen on AOL, maybe two dozen accounts at the very most were were being used at any time over periods of months, but they were there. If the archives still exist somewhere, the overly active accounts can easily be found.
I haven't been on the AOL message boards in some time, but the last time I looked the numbers had gone way down. Maybe the right wingers are looking for fresh venues.
I guess the right decided to change their tactics - know thine enemy - and leave behind a comment in the hopes it will discredit the blogger and/or convert them.
Conservatism is dead. Even the NeoCons are turning on Bush.
Those that are left are just sycophants or too stubborn to admit they were wrong.
Kathy, I'm wondering if this will shut down with the mid-terms if the Republican's stay in power. Two more years of conservatives and my traffic stats go down the tubes.
PoliS, well some of the neo-cons are jumping ship. Though Addington seems to be hanging on and writing more signing statements.