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November 27, 2006
There's a new
breed out on ... and one must use
the net now. determination against the
It's not just amateurs
and fanatics any more,
now we've got the
The hired guns;
The astroturf brigade;
Jammers and provacateurs... PROVOCATEUR
This last election season, I've
started calling them the "Rover
Boys", though there's no way to
know if they're really agents of
Rove or perhaps, for example,
members of the Pentagon's new
on-line propaganda squad.
It's also, of course, not
always that easy to distinguish
a sincere advocate from a
paid one -- but very often I HUMANITY_METER
think it can be done.
(March 10, 2010)
For example, "Jaap Hoersdeek,
The Netherlands", is currently
intoning that Paul Krugman "has
The question might be raised, become a left-wing ideologue".
though: What difference does There is no way that that's a
it make? real human being.
Aren't you supposed to (July 13, 2010)
just address the words
and not the speaker? And neither is "sam" really a
guy from San Francisco. (That he
Yes, that's the usual advice, criticizes Obama is not the tip
and it's not a bad approach: off, the standard Republican
even if you correctly ranting is):
identify a roverboy, it
doesn't necessarily gain [ref]
you anything to point it out--
at best it's a distraction,
at worst you may end up
discredited as paranoid.
The most important thing
about it though is your
mental model; your sense
about what you're trying
to accomplish. Against a Rover, you have
no hope of "conversation"
Once you get the there is only "debate".
sense that your
opponent is failing FULL_MONTAIGNE
test, there's no
point in trying to
address it as a
It is not true, however,
that there's nothing you
can learn from a rover,
though the things you
expect to learn change.
Instead of getting insight
into the way a different mind
thinks, you can identify the
standard talking points,
determine something about the
other side's current Walking back
strategy, make inferences the scat?
about what they're worried
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