History Main / AstroTurf

27th Jun '16 8:43:51 PM Tdarcos
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* Payola is the practice of being paid to play music on the radio, disguising it as regular airplay, used by many "request" shows. Although outlawed in the U.S. by the 1950s, record companies got around this by hiring "independent" promoters who acted as middlemen for the process.
* And, after the first Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.

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* Payola is the practice of being paid to play music on the radio, disguising it as regular airplay, used by many "request" shows. Although outlawed in the U.S. by the 1950s, record companies got around this by hiring "independent" promoters who acted as middlemen for the process.
process. Note that payola itself is not illegal, if the DJ were to announce ''before the record was played'' that they were paid to do so. The type of payola that is illegal is the kind not disclosed to the public.
* And, after the first Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters letters were written by one Stewart Copeland.
17th Jun '16 6:14:08 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet. According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
* According to Christopher Andersen's book ''Music/MichaelJackson Unauthorized'', when Jackson made his first U.S. public appearance following the child molestation allegations of 1993 at the ''Jackson Family Honors'' awards show in Las Vegas, tickets for the event sold so poorly that not only were 3,500 freebees given out, but the organizers rounded up young people at the venue and surrounding environs to serve as seat-fillers and hold premade pro-Jackson placards for the benefit of the videocameras taping the show for broadcast on [=NBC=] a few nights later.

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* An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet. internet.
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According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
* According to Christopher Andersen's book ''Music/MichaelJackson Unauthorized'', when Jackson made his first U.S. public appearance following the child molestation allegations of 1993 at the ''Jackson Family Honors'' awards show in Las Vegas, tickets for the event sold so poorly that not only were 3,500 freebees given out, but the organizers rounded up young people at the venue and surrounding environs to serve as seat-fillers and hold premade pro-Jackson placards for the benefit of the videocameras cameras taping the show for broadcast on [=NBC=] Creator/{{NBC}} a few nights later.
17th Jun '16 6:12:45 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet. According SourceFed, over half on his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.

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* An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet. According to SourceFed, over half on of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
17th Jun '16 5:46:43 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** And the complementary "5 U.S. Cent Party", which is allegedly sockpuppets hired by anti-communist organizations to combat pro-communist claims. Expect racism slurs when these two group clashes on fora.

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** And the complementary "5 U.S. Cent Party", which is allegedly sockpuppets hired by anti-communist organizations to combat pro-communist claims. Expect racism racist slurs when these two group clashes on fora.



* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 get out dumbass]] incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french president and people who do not like him and members of his government have done the same thing, like [[http://www.euronews.net/2009/08/20/french-supermarket-apologises-for-fake-shoppers/ putting fake shoppers in a supermarket visited by a minister]], or the French president making a speech in front of an attendance of genuine employees of the factory he visited, but making sure that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/6148872/Nicolas-Sarkozy-surrounded-by-short-people-for-TV-speech.html everyone behind him was]] [[TheNapoleon shorter]]

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* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 get out dumbass]] casse-toi, pauvre con]]" incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french president and people who do not like him and members of his government have done the same thing, like [[http://www.euronews.net/2009/08/20/french-supermarket-apologises-for-fake-shoppers/ putting fake shoppers in a supermarket visited by a minister]], or the French president making a speech in front of an attendance of genuine employees of the factory he visited, but making sure that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/6148872/Nicolas-Sarkozy-surrounded-by-short-people-for-TV-speech.html everyone behind him was]] [[TheNapoleon shorter]]
4th Jun '16 8:46:44 PM gewunomox
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* And, after the first ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.

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* And, after the first ThePolice Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.
20th May '16 6:45:59 PM nombretomado
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** The PS3 board on GameFAQs has its own ViralMarketing troll, who blatantly promotes Monster Cable connectors.

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** The PS3 [=PS3=] board on GameFAQs [=GameFAQs=] has its own ViralMarketing troll, who blatantly promotes Monster Cable connectors.
11th May '16 8:48:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In December 2006, Sony attempted a so-called "viral" marketing campaign for the PlayStationPortable by faking blogs, user-created videos, and even graffiti concerning the theme "All I Want For Christmas is a PSP" -- and were caught at it within days. While, to their credit, they fessed up to it almost immediately and even poked a little fun at their failure, the InternetBackdraft lasted quite some time.

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* In December 2006, Sony attempted a so-called "viral" marketing campaign for the PlayStationPortable UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable by faking blogs, user-created videos, and even graffiti concerning the theme "All I Want For Christmas is a PSP" -- and were caught at it within days. While, to their credit, they fessed up to it almost immediately and even poked a little fun at their failure, the InternetBackdraft lasted quite some time.
28th Feb '16 2:36:19 AM Innocent_Bystander
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* This practice is not foreign to Russia either, with a whole army of the Olgino bots (named after a suburb of Saint-Petersburg where the most notorious comment mill is located) financed with the taxpayers' money and invading both domestic and foreign internet forums.
12th Feb '16 5:57:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* A supposed amateur Website/YouTube video spoofing ''AnInconvenientTruth'' was found to have been sponsored by the DCI Group, which at the time did PR for General Motors and [=ExxonMobil=].

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* A supposed amateur Website/YouTube video spoofing ''AnInconvenientTruth'' ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'' was found to have been sponsored by the DCI Group, which at the time did PR for General Motors and [=ExxonMobil=].
16th Jan '16 9:58:23 AM igordebraga
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* In an extreme case of PolishTheTurd, ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure

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* In an extreme case of PolishTheTurd, ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' had an appropriately low IMDb rating a critically thrashed BoxOfficeBomb. Then the ratings climbed up to a peak '''8.1\10''', [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520498/board/nest/219258527?p=1 suggesting lots of]], [[https://fi.getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/oogieloves_has_fake_voters planted votes to artificially propel the grade.]] It still has a 7.0, but the site seemingly noticed the fakery - [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520498/ratings the vote breakdown]] discards most of the votes, and the results seemingly add to just [[http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2240098822&pf_rd_r=0R0HA51523FP7GR3RVP0&pf_rd_s=right-4&pf_rd_t=15506&pf_rd_i=top&ref_=chttp_ql_6 2.3, enough for a spot at the bottom 100.]]
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