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Sock Puppets and Radical Transparency

May 18, 2011 3 comments

Scott Adams Sock Puppetry

WNYC’s “On the Media” had an utterly superb segment on “Sock Puppets” back on April 22, 2011 (Listen Here).  As defined by Wikipedia, a “Sock Puppet” is:

“… an online identity used for purposes of deception within an online community. In its earliest usage, a sockpuppet was a false identity through which a member of an Internet community speaks with or about himself or herself, pretending to be a different person,[1] like a ventriloquist manipulating a hand puppet.”  (More)

In the program, they detail some case studies of entities attempting to comment anonymously on message boards on their own behalf.  Here’s a brief run-down: Read more…