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AIBU to suspect that there are a lot of Daily Mail journalists starting threads on here?

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zeezeek Sun 18-Oct-15 13:28:58

Have noticed a lot of goady threads starting lately - just the sort of thing to get the beloved DM readers hot under the collar. Plus, was flicking through the DM's You mag earlier (it was the only thing to read in the coffee shop!) and saw a couple of articles that referenced MN.

I know I'm paranoid, but just seems a bit strange.

MagpieCursedTea Sun 18-Oct-15 13:42:26

A few threads have read exactly like letters to the DM, they can't actually be real!

usual Sun 18-Oct-15 13:44:09

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Sparklingbrook Sun 18-Oct-15 13:44:33

I think there are a lot of bored people/GFs posting OPs in AIBU today.

FayKorgasm Sun 18-Oct-15 13:44:37

I can confirm there are journo's lurking. I was contacted by one looking to do a story on something I posted. So it would not surprise if threads are started by them or threads inspire them.

Sparklingbrook Sun 18-Oct-15 13:45:29

I can't believe people are bothering to post on them.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sun 18-Oct-15 13:46:51

I did spot a very obvious journalist about a week ago asking about men's fashion and women buying men's clothes for them.

They used very journalisty words like 'up with the trend' which people don't really say.

If they are then it's embarrassingly lazy.

TheSecondOfHerName Sun 18-Oct-15 13:47:14

I'd assumed it was researchers from the Matthew Wright's show...

WorraLiberty Sun 18-Oct-15 13:48:12

I think it's probably a mix of journos and 'normal' MN members.

The Daily Mail is a very widely read paper amongst Mumsnetters, so I suppose it stands to reason we'll get Daily Mail-esq threads.

Mind you, they seem to be coming along like buses at the moment, in 3's and 4's.

paramedicswift Sun 18-Oct-15 13:48:22

This is called astroturfing.

There is also a degree of political and corporate shilling here.

Basically people are paid to spread certain opinions to try and change public perception.

Sparklingbrook Sun 18-Oct-15 13:48:44

I hate to say it but journalists and researchers ask in a much cleverer way than some of the OPs on here. sad

FeelsLikeHome123 Sun 18-Oct-15 13:49:18

I think there are a lot of papers using information from threads rather than doing their own work. I read a parenting section in a newspaper last week and some of the article read like parts out of different posts from parenting sites. Midterm/Halloween break will be coming up too so it will probably be worse during the school break

paramedicswift Sun 18-Oct-15 13:49:55

It is more common that you think

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sun 18-Oct-15 13:52:55

Is it really called 'astroturfing'? Why?

Or is that a joke?

(Spell check doesn't like it.)

MissMarpleCat Sun 18-Oct-15 13:53:28

Yes paramedic. There is a poster on 'in the news' spouting loads of rhetoric and lots of daily fail and tory graph links, posting in a very shouty manner lots of bold and underlining. Also constantly calling other posters socialists etc, yawn. They must think we're stupid not to know their agenda. Very tedious.

zeezeek Sun 18-Oct-15 13:54:49

Have never heard of astroturfing. It is slightly disturbing.

Guess the journo's who are relying on us lot on here for their stories then a) they must be bloody desperate and b) also bloody lazy.

zeezeek Sun 18-Oct-15 13:54:56

Have never heard of astroturfing. It is slightly disturbing.

Guess the journo's who are relying on us lot on here for their stories then a) they must be bloody desperate and b) also bloody lazy.

FayKorgasm Sun 18-Oct-15 13:55:26

Astroturfing. Every days a school day.

zeezeek Sun 18-Oct-15 13:56:27

Socialist here and proud of it.

Along with atheist and republican and married to an immigrant.

Must be the DM's worse nightmare smile

paramedicswift Sun 18-Oct-15 13:57:44

MissMarpleCat, indeed.

They're trying to polarize people to a way of thinking.

People are social, if they're surrounded by people who say certain things, they begin to agree with them and do not feel about thinking in a certain way.

But if those people are paid or fake people, paid by organisations that want you think a certain way about subjects such as immigrants, housing or politics, it can be profitable to the people paying them.

For example, if there is a day where suddenly everyone is talking about a 'socialists', brand of coffee or nappy, then something could be fishy.

Follow the money

Cornettoninja Sun 18-Oct-15 13:59:17

I wouldn't say it was dm journalists specifically - they seem to quite brazenly lift stories from reddit. Matthew Wright definitely and I've noticed more than once exact topics I've read here been used as fodder on heart radio breakfast show...

I reckon there's more than a few independents trying to gather material/inspriation but it'd be daft not to use forums as a resource I suppose.

OverScentedFanjo Sun 18-Oct-15 13:59:54

I've seen a few recently. Tis very dull.

moonshine Sun 18-Oct-15 14:01:15

They're not real journalists, they are robots who rehash the same articles, using a combination of showcasing/flashing/flaunting/parading etc their pert/slim/curvy pins/assets/charms/bikini body.

But extra points today for the use of embonpoint - they must have refreshed their thesaurus programme!

And yeah, I know I shouldn't read it but every now and then I just can't help myself, like picking at a scab.

megletthesecond Sun 18-Oct-15 14:08:59

para I didn't know 'astroturfing' was the name for it.

I've been ignoring a lot lately. Although it's a pity the politics topic has been taken over by a handful of posters who just bombard everyone else with endless paragraphs.

hackmum Sun 18-Oct-15 14:51:46

Astroturfing usually refers to fake grass roots movements - so imagine a breast cancer patients' group, for example, that demands an expensive new cancer drug is made available on the NHS, and then turns out to have been set up and funded by a major pharmaceutical company.

So starting threads in MN isn't quite the same thing.

I don't think that the person in "In the News" who uses lots of bold and underline is a journalist. Journalists are usually a bit more succinct than that.

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