Thursday, August 03, 2006

No matter which side...

No matter which side of the argument you are on – this just doesn’t seem right. Interesting idea on the part of the public relations firm, but it just doesn’t sit right with me for some reason.

Probably because I don’t like being deceived. Pretending to be an individual without a paid agenda just doesn’t seem right.
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Blogger David Aldridge said....

"... computer routing information ... indicate it didn't come from an amateur working out of his basement.

Instead, the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm...
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Pretty amateurish mistake. In fact, they give amateurs a bad name.

It's interesting that they pretend to be "a 29-year-old who identifies himself as being from Beverly Hills". They're obviously aware that "public relations and lobbying" is an alternative name for rent-a-liar. They must be very proud of their work.

Thu Aug 03, 10:41:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Gary Myers said....

Personally I like it. The more that people are uncertain of the source of the message, the more that will have to engage their brains with the actual CONTENT. Or at least get their information from more authorative sources.

Sure PRs, media consultants, etc are going to be biased. But why should you assume an anonymous and unknown poster would be better ?

Thu Aug 03, 11:47:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

I'm with Tom on this one. Pretending to be someone you aren't with the intent to deceive also seems counterproductive to me. If you lie about who you are, my presumption will be that what you say is a lie as well.

Now if I know who you are that might well colour my view of what you are saying, but I'm likely to read it as coming from your point of view rather than as deliberate misinformation.

Fri Aug 04, 01:37:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I like diverse opinions; it adds depth to discussions. Hiding information does not add depth; I'll respect a lobbyist more for standing up and shouting an unpopular opinion. I don't respect an opinion that doesn't come with an identification.

Fri Aug 04, 12:56:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Anyone else catch the irony?

Anonymous said....
I like diverse opinions; it adds depth to discussions. Hiding information does not add depth; I'll respect a lobbyist more for standing up and shouting an unpopular opinion. I don't respect an opinion that doesn't come with an identification.

Fri Aug 04, 01:23:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Gary S said....

An interesting post, Tom. This is just the latest in a series of slanders against Al Gore. I'm not surprised to see that it originated with a PR firm-- but here are some earlier examples that you may have heard of. The links point to a site called "The Daily Howler" which is dedicated to exposing the laziness and sloppiness of today's news media.

Invented the Internet
Love Story/Love Canal

I think that you and Bob Somerby (the editor of "The Daily Howler") have a lot in common. You just go after inaccuracies in different fields. The world of news reporting and political discourse is "softer" than the IT field, so Somerby's approach is necessarily different, but he marshals as much evidence as he needs for the task at hand. If you follow his site for a while, you'll get a whole new persective on our "free press."

Tue Aug 08, 12:12:00 PM EDT  

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