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Multi-Stage Moby Fired At The First Street Journal

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/05/19


and had the same success as the multi-stage North Korean rocket launch.

For those ignorant few who don’t know what a Moby is, the Urban Dictionary has as its top definition a very clear encyclopedic definition of a Moby. It is very unusual in that it gives an accurate definition and provides a very accurate history for the resulting term.

An insidious and specialized type of left-wing troll who visits blogs and impersonates a conservative for the purpose of either spreading false rumors intended to sow dissension among conservative voters, or who purposely posts inflammatory and offensive comments for the purpose of discrediting the blog in question.

The term is derived from the name of the liberal musician Moby, who famously suggested in February of 2004 that left-wing activists engage in this type of subterfuge: “For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion. Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, ‘What’s all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?’”

The strategy has been frequently attempted on conservative blogs, but has not been nearly as effective as Moby envisioned, since false rumors are easily debunked by fact-checking minions, and cartoonishly extreme commenters often get immediately identified as mobys and banned.

I not only found a Moby, but I found a multi-stage Moby. And he hit an older (in blog years) article that hadn’t had a single comment for his Mobyism. (That’s one of the multiple stages: sneak a comment in when nobody’s looking and no admin are on.) So you understand fully, I’m not the quickest to figure out some character belongs to somebody else, or some sock is actually a sock. You can check with the regulars at Shattered Kingdoms, a MUD where I am well-known (as Pushing40, a moniker I created in 2004 and keep to this day). Heck, I didn’t even recognize the Socialist New Zealand Librarian PIATOR when he was sock-puppeting for a good bit. So, this is not a self-aggrandizement effort, but rather a mocking of the Moby who couldn’t even convince me that he was real.

Let me see if I can capture the complexity of the Mobyism.

  • He pretended to be a sock-puppet of a Conservative, and not merely a Conservative.
  • He pretended to be a racist.
    1. His black sock had comically horrible grammar.
  • He tied his sock’s name to Barack Obama (by tying it to the White House) through the common “link your name to your blogsite” tools.
  • He commented in the middle of the night (Eastern Time) when 2 of the 3 Administrators would likely be asleep, and the 3rd (myself, in Central Time) may or may not be asleep.
  • He commented on a stale article.
  • He commented on an article that had no comments.
  • He commented in a way that appeared possibly germane to the article, while trying to use what he thought would possibly pass as Conservative humor (and if not, would get past the sleeping staff, for use later on his own sites to defame TFSJ for allowing his Moby sock to exist unchallenged).

Gleen Grenwald… Gren Gleenwald … Green Glenwald… whatever his name is, he’s a known Leftist sock who socks to pump himself up. There is a known Conservative sock, by the name Limerick Avenger, but that sock takes standard care to allow everyone to know who owns that sock, unlike ol’ whathisname above. But this Moby tried to be an unknowable racist Conservative sock. And he failed miserably. Because I, of all people, caught him as soon as I saw what he wrote and the name he used. I didn’t even have to hover over his name to get even more proof. I suspected it when I saw the obviously racist name and the article header on which he commented (since the article on which he commented made his name obviously racist). It was confirmed when I saw what he wrote. And that confirmation was provided all the support it needed when I hovered over his racist Moby moniker to see where it linked to. None other than Obama’s White House.

Here’s a clue, Jeromy Mobys, if you cannot deceive me, you cannot deceive anybody. The Little Green Footballs asshat already tried your gambit, albeit a lot less comically complex (and maybe a lot less stupider than you), and got exposed (multiple entendre intended) for all the world to see. Did you think you could do better, with your sophomoric attempt?

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