The UK Guardian is reporting that the government uses false online identities to counter what it perceives as anti-American propaganda on the internet, including social networking sites. Of course, this belies the current regulatory push to ensure that ordinary people don’t use false online identities, but I digress.
I had figured this before, but the news story got me thinking. What if this underhanded activity isn’t just being done by the government? We know that certain political candidates hire scads of drone supporters to monitor blogs, facebook, chatrooms, news sites, etc, to provide their candidate’s talking points after every post with which they disagree. But what about the aging phalanx of guitar-strumming, content-void Spirit-of-Vatican-II-“liberals”? Veterans of stirring dissent from the bottom up, can we just blithely assume that they aren’t active as well? Perhaps they wish to counter Catholic “propaganda”.
Imagine, if you will, an underground bunker in an undisclosed location. Perhaps, deep under the penitentiary-like structure of L.A.’s cathedral, run by the seven remaining Sisters of Loreto, you’ll find a huge bank of electronic communications devices. The faint odor of Birkenstocks and tofu permeate throughout. Scores of veterans of the altar girl insurgency man the stations, ready always and everywhere to jump on a Catholic blogger or facebook page owner if they stand up for objective truth, defend traditional marriage, or in any way stand for the rights of the Church.
Maybe they work in shifts, and at the end of each shift the group gathers in a circle for women-led liturgy and green tea. They share their daily journeys–“Hey, man, you should have seen me stick it to the Tin Man, man.” “Yeah, man.” Then off they go to a vegan feast, job well done.
Think of the possibilities. Is Long Pants really Joan Chittister? Is cdg Elsie Mc Grath? Is “anonymous” really the Boze?