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25th Feb '17 7:31:59 PM nombretomado
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* FrankSinatra shot to fame after a number of concerts and radio appearances were disrupted by hundreds of squealing, screaming, hysterical bobbysoxers. Newsreels of the pandemonium were shown in theaters all over the US and became so well-known that they were parodied by Warner Brothers cartoonists (most notably in "Long-Haired Hare"). Only after Sinatra's death was it revealed that the screaming bobbysoxers were actresses hired by Sinatra's publicist. He went from being a band singer of middling fame to a superstar almost overnight.

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* FrankSinatra Music/FrankSinatra shot to fame after a number of concerts and radio appearances were disrupted by hundreds of squealing, screaming, hysterical bobbysoxers. Newsreels of the pandemonium were shown in theaters all over the US and became so well-known that they were parodied by Warner Brothers cartoonists (most notably in "Long-Haired Hare"). Only after Sinatra's death was it revealed that the screaming bobbysoxers were actresses hired by Sinatra's publicist. He went from being a band singer of middling fame to a superstar almost overnight.



* After Ashlee Simpson's infamously off-key Orange Bowl performance, over three hundred online forums saw [[http://www.metafilter.com/38963/Message-Forum-Spam identical spam posts]] in support of her.

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* After Ashlee Simpson's Music/AshleeSimpson's infamously off-key Orange Bowl performance, over three hundred online forums saw [[http://www.metafilter.com/38963/Message-Forum-Spam identical spam posts]] in support of her.
24th Feb '17 5:03:19 AM WillyFourEyes
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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 racist slurs when these two group clashes on fora.
* 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.

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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 racist slurs when these two group clashes groups clash on fora.
* This practice is not foreign to Russia either, with a whole army of the Olgino bots "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.



* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ 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]]
* Workers for [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] has been accused of using [=AstroTurfing=] to bolster its pro-censorship campaigns against various television shows.

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* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ casse-toi, pauvre con]]" incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french 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]]
shorter]].
* Workers for the [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] has have been accused of using [=AstroTurfing=] to bolster its pro-censorship campaigns against various television shows.



* In May of 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma (or [[InsistentTerminology Union of Myanmar]]). When citizens started clearing streets of debris, the ruling Junta ordered them to put it back, purely so the Junta could be filmed helping the people and show the world that they're not bastards.

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* In May of 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma (or the [[InsistentTerminology Union of Myanmar]]). When citizens started clearing streets of debris, the ruling Junta ordered them to put it back, purely so the Junta could be filmed helping the people and show the world that they're not bastards.



** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator (and former investment banking firm VP) Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.

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** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator (and former investment banking firm VP) Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks.[=FreedomWorks=]. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.



** Unions mutually supporting each other's strikes and pickets has a long and honourable tradition, especially in Great Britain, where [[MargaretThatcher a government]] legislated to make it illegal. Here it is called '''secondary picketing'''.

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** Unions mutually supporting each other's strikes and pickets has a long and honourable tradition, especially in Great Britain, where [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher a government]] legislated to make it illegal. Here it is called '''secondary picketing'''.



* In the current Gaza crisis, it has been remarked upon that the Israeli state can call upon boiler-houses full of meat puppets to flood news and current affairs boards worldwide with pro-Israeli comment. Similar allegations have been levelled at the Palestinian side, although [[http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/israeli-propaganda-war-hits-social-media-20140717-ztvky.html Israel appears to have made this a formal industry]].

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* In the current [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Gaza crisis, crisis]], it has been remarked upon that the Israeli state can call upon boiler-houses full of meat puppets to flood news and current affairs boards worldwide with pro-Israeli comment.comments. Similar allegations have been levelled at the Palestinian side, although [[http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/israeli-propaganda-war-hits-social-media-20140717-ztvky.html Israel appears to have made this a formal industry]].



* A series of hidden camera videos appeared during the final month of the final month of the October 2016 campaign where a few people working for the Clinton campaign discussed how they staged several protests against Trump, one of who proudly admitted to paying people to intentionally Riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).

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* A series of hidden camera videos appeared during the final month of the final month of the October 2016 campaign where a few people working for the Clinton campaign discussed how they staged several protests against Trump, one of who proudly admitted to paying people to intentionally Riot riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).
27th Jan '17 11:42:43 AM hszmv1
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* A series of hidden camera videos appeared during the final month of the final month of the October 2016 campaign where a few people working for the Clinton campaign discussed how they staged several protests against Trump, one of who proudly admitted to paying people to intentionally Riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).
19th Jan '17 7:45:18 AM ElBuenCuate
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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.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 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]]

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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."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ 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]]
28th Dec '16 9:57:59 AM lilithmercy
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** Music/LimpBizkit also did this kind of thing for a while. They noticed that there were basically no girls coming to their shows, so they made an unannounced rule that women could get into their shows free, and then leaked "rumors" about it to the internet. Boom, instant female fanbase. Eventually they did start advertising it for real though.
20th Sep '16 5:54:03 PM MissLovebat
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20th Sep '16 5:53:32 PM MissLovebat
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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).

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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).Wales).
29th Aug '16 6:54:27 PM Wooboo
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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).
8th Aug '16 9:40:18 AM Kagame
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Astro Turf has been around for a long time, but became more popular as the Internet did, as it's easier to retain anonymity and still be widely read, and comments on news articles can be posted instantly ([[{{Spammer}} and repeatedly]]) with little to no moderation.

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Astro Turf AstroTurfing has been around for a long time, but became more popular as the Internet did, as it's easier to retain anonymity and still be widely read, and comments on news articles can be posted instantly ([[{{Spammer}} and repeatedly]]) with little to no moderation.
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.
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