I might be coming to this belatedly (forgive me if you’ve already noticed it) but it seems the left/right blog war has heated up considerably in the last couple of weeks, and there’s some palpable right wing cyber-paranoia going on.
It seems the right have got rather used to New Zealand’s blogosphere being their own preserve, but lately things aren’t going so well for them because (gasp!) some folk are daring to put up left wing sites and (double gasp batman) they’re daring to post left-wing comments on the National Party blog.
There’s a long, confusing conversation over at NZ Conservative about it here (choice quote: “We all need to discuss the attack kiwiblog is suffering from the left at the moment. The volume of leftist fucktard trolling has increased too dramatically for it to be unplanned organic growth”).
And at the moment every second response to (even vaguely) left-wing commentators on Kiwiblog seems to be of the “are you being paid by the Labour party?” ilk.
Are you employed by the Government, the Labour Party or the Civil Service?
Time to go methinks. Another promising thread about to be disrupted by the imported professional blog poster.
Oh and the one on the thread about new blogs (we got a mention!):
So to recap. Robinsod and his spontaneous friends all simultaneously and separately decided that DPF’s “media space” was getting too influential. and Separately and Independently (despite sharing IP addresses) decided that it was necessary to try and break up any debate and to troll until the site no longer had any influence.
At the same time someone else, completely independently, set up an attack site to undermine DPF’s message. Again completely independently and without in any way coordinating with that effort Robinsod starts marketing the attack site.
To make matters worse, Bill Ralston let it be known in the Herald on Sunday that the left is “out gunning” the right in cyberspace. As you can imagine that’s only made the paranoia worse. I can imagine it’s also putting a bit of pressure on National’s web strategist David Farrar as well especially in light of the “ramshackle PR fiasco” (hat tip Tane) that Farrar’s Kill the Bill site has become (why oh why would anyone publicly associate with the abomination that is Whale Oil??)
I think it’s worth saying here that here at The Standard we actually have no idea who’s behind Kiwblogblog (but we really, really like their work) nor are we running a campaign to “troll” Kiwiblog (but again we really, really like some of the posting that’s going on over there).
Given the right’s a bit funny about seeing cyberpace as their own property I guess I can only offer them my sincerest condolences on their illness and remind them to keep on wearing their tinfoil hats…
[Update: it’s still going on here’s Burt on Kiwiblog this morning –
DPF (and Sam and/or Tane)
Have you ever noticed that when Tane gives his “Labour good – national Bad” posts if you ever question him it’s always Sam who answers for him.
Are they one in the same ?
It just astounds me that the right can’t seem to fathom there might be more than one person out there that disagrees with them.]
[latest paranoia update: “is it really true that Tane’s being paid to act as an official Labour blogger?” – I’ve gotta say as far as I know the only pro in this game is National Party blogger David Farrar but damn if someone’s getting paid to sit on their arse all day and slap righties down on Kiwiblog then I want me a piece of that!]