I’ve been frequently reading blogs and diaries from people all over the internet who either support a particular candidate or decide to pick a candidate and do all in their power to bismirch his or her name. For example, about a month ago I blogged about a particular writer who seems to have a thing for Deval Patrick. It’s almost as if he had a political crush on Deval, yet was spurned at a question and answer session. I can only imagine Deval going person to person, talking with people who were watching the speech Deval just finished and taking pictures with him. Then, right as the certain someone went up and was about to say “Hello, Mr. Patrick,” Deval was whisked away for the next big event.
However, that’s probably wishful thinking. There’s something a tad bit more likely: many of these anonymous writers enjoy their anonymity because it offers them a unique opportunity to be part of a campaign, yet not tell anyone about that online. Quite frankly, I’ve come to believe that many people who aren’t open about who they are, yet quickly smear candidates or don’t seem open minded at all, probably work for campaigns. Campaigns read the blogs (I have logs to prove it), they know hundreds of thousands read them too and they certianly know the blogosphere is a new and powerful tool in campaigns. Heck, Deval Patrick started his own blog!
I can’t point out the true purpose of this diary. Perhaps it’s just a rant on a problem that can’t be solved? I’d never want to take away the ability for people to write anonymously. For some, it’s a necessity. For others, they probably wouldn’t write if not for the internet being anonymous.
However, I for one would never truly trust a writer on any blog unless I knew whether or not they were involved in a campaign and to the extent to which they were involved. Furthermore, I’d never trust a writer who seems so one-sided that it almost borders on an episode of Looney Toons – yet leaves the level of their support for particular candidates ambiguous. I guess, at the most basic level, people should take Mulder’s cue and “trust no one.” At least until they offer some links to prove it.