In the old days they called it 'media monitoring', both inside and outside the PAB-Bottery.
More recently, they've called the army of flack-hackery 'digital influencers'.
Me, I like to call them the 'Klout Klub'.
Anyway, I've detected a bit of change in approach by at least one regiment of the Trolls for Christy when it comes to matters of import that they know they don't have a leg to stand on.
One of which is the continued rise of inequality in this province that some folks are actually starting to pay attention to.
Charlie Smith wrote a story about all that recently in the GStraight and then tied it to the massive profits of banks who have donated huge sums to the BC Liberal Party and who, surprise!, pay no corporate capital tax in British Columbia.
And lo and behold, look how one the trolls dealt with this in the comments to Mr. Smith's piece:
Do you see what the troll did there?
Maybe just a random instance in this case, but I see some kind of weird culture war deflector spin offensive coming, particularly when the going gets tough for the Clarklandian wizardry on real debt loads and the continued stomping of those amongst us who need our help most.
And, speaking of the sub-header to this post....
Here's an old school example of straight-up (not to mention downright scary) manipulative media monitoring from the days of Railgate:
...Defence lawyer Michael Bolton underscored the political nature of Mr. Basi's job and the "intimate" working relationship he had with (former BC Liberal Finance Minister) Mr. (Gary) Collins by reading wiretap transcripts in which the two men discussed political dirty tricks.
In one conversation, Mr. Basi tells his boss that former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm and then North Vancouver Mayor Barbara Sharp were going to be on a radio talk show.
"I wanted to have the mayor of Squamish call in and just rip Barbara Sharp a new asshole. . . is that okay?" Mr. Basi asks.
"Yeah, absolutely," replies Mr. Collins...
Want another example of how everything new is Railgate again?....Stay tuned...