|Livejournal Bigwig Says "You're All Sockpuppets and the Lurkers Support Us in Email"
||[Mar. 21st, 2008|12:22 pm]
They're the dog, we're the fire hydrant.
Anton Nossik, the director of the blog division of SUP corporations, went on the record with Russian-language publication Izbrannoe about the Basic account kerfuffle and the planned user strike on March 21. The interview is a PR disaster made in Fandom Wank Heaven. Translated by Livejournal user RussianSwinga and verified by AltaVista's Babelfish, the interview makes one thing very clear: Livejournal users are not welcome at Livejournal anymore as far as Nosik is concerned. (Edit to note: another translation may be found here. Readers are invited to make their own comparisons between the two versions.)
Regarding the planned strike this Friday March 21st, he said, "I don't know any of LJ posters familiar to me, those I have friended and commented, that would want to join said boycott. I honestly don't know any people that would seriously take up that initiative. So I am presuming such an idea to be marginal at best. Something like calling all the advertisers in the American section of livejournal and calling on them to cancel their ads." He also scoffed at the notion that anyone has called the advertisers.
He went on to suggest that everyone participating in the boycott is actually a sockpuppet: "[A]ny person can create several hundred fake LJ accounts, comment in them that 'on the 21st of March I will be silent in protest.' Then you journalists can quote those fake users and list the names of those that were silent that day. And add a cute catchprase like 'that's just the top of the iceberg.'"
I guess eventually LiveJournal will disappear along with the entries that comprise what is (or has been) LiveJournal.
Free Speech is now in the hands of CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY ! ... click on "Human Rights"
Australian News Article regarding the (reformed) Church of Scientology (link)
THE Church of Scientology has launched an online campaign to demystify its beliefs and practices after worldwide protests staged by a collection of internet users known as Anonymous.
The church's official website has been relaunched with dozens of videos explaining basic Scientology beliefs and jargon such as "thetan" and "the eight dynamics", as well as highlighting its work in the areas of human rights and drug awareness campaigns.
The facelift comes after Anonymous, a loose collection of internet users who post to message boards but do not reveal their identities, declared "war" against Scientology in January after the church sought to have film clips of Tom Cruise speaking at a function removed from the web.