"What I've come to realize is, the labor of generating an e-mail smear is divided and distributed amongst parties whose identities are secret even to each other," she says. A first group of people published articles that created the basis for the attack. A second group recirculated the claims from those articles without ever having been asked to do so. "No one coordinates the roles," Allen said. Instead the participants swim toward their goal like a school of fish -- moving on their own, but also in unison.
June 28, 2008
Backtracking the Obama Smears
Interesting piece in the Washington Post on attempts to find patient zero in the "Obama is a Muslim" e-mail smear. This bit was interesting: