I don’t think there are many, if any, paid plants here on Fluther, just based on the things I read here. People with agendas tend to get shot down real quick, as they should.
This subject does remind me of the current news that United States Central Command admits to using Personna software to create thousands of fake “people” on Facebook and other sites. CENTCOM insists they only do this in foreign areas.
I’m sure some rogue government agencies within the U.S. also do this, and I hope they and their papas go to hell.
Wow. For some reason I initially read the question as “are some of you in plaid pants?” Really. I have no idea why.
Well, speaking of plaid plants, there is one brand that…
I saw someone who was trying to do that a little bit ago. It was an odd question, seemed off, so I clicked into it to see what was up. I don’t remember exactly what it was for, although I want to say it was a diet pill. The user had a link to a website selling it, and wanted to know everyone’s “opinion” on this “miracle” drug or something. I’m not phrasing it very well; it was clearly an add. I checked out the account, (the name was the name of the product) and when I hit “Back” to go report the post, it was already moderated, and the user removed.
I was just talking about this being a possiblity with a friend of mine over at Taco Bell. She was having one of those Gordidas, and I was having the usual Burrito Supreme and a Steak Soft Taco. I tried to explain that having someone call in and pretend to complain over some subject the talk show host wanted to exploit would be as dishonest as not using real hamburger meat in those tacos (and TB uses 88% premium, with 12% secret ingredients). It’s like when you order a coke, and the waitress tells you they have Pepsi. You don’t really care, as long as it is the cola, but they are honest, and want to make sure you know what you are getting.
God Bless America, and God Bless Fourth Meal!
I’m pretty sure we don’t have any paid plants on Fluther. We get a lot of spam (which we quickly whisk away), but that’s not really the same thing. I guess it’s possible that a plant could go unnoticed, but I don’t think they’d last very long.
What worries me more is the trend of companies hooking your friends to push their products on you because you are more likely to buy something if it is recommended by a friend. Like having advertising everywhere you look nowadays isn’t bad enough now you have to suspect your friends!
@augustlan – As you know, I often discuss politics on FB. Some of the opposition party basically told me, “Oh, we know you’re one of those fake astroturfers who get paid to friend people on here and talk smack about [things I disagree with].” I suppose that’s about what they’d do on here, though, just engage in the arguments like any of us do, staying true to the party line and making it appear as though more people support any given agenda than really do.
You’re so passionate and articulate, I can’t imagine anyone would think you’re paid to support your positions. I’m guessing that the plants quickly get to the point where they can’t back up their assertions. Wait, now that you mention it…
I confess. I am paid by a consortium of philosophy departments, collectively known as “Big Think,” to advocate for the relevance of my academic career. No, I’m not proud of it; but it’s a job. The alternative is to join the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. ~
@SavoirFaire Ok, here’s the problem – this implies that there are, in fact, employed philosophers who are employed as philosophers (no, you calling yourself a philosopher and thinking while you sit at your data-entry desk job playing Word With Friends all day does not count…)
You can buy plaid pants at many golf stores thanks to the Norweigian curlers from the 2010 Olympic Games who revived that look. Granted those pants were more checkered than plaid but manufacturers promptly generalized.