the foolishness spreads

Our Uncle (and his allies) need to get ahead of this sort of thing before it gets out of hand. All the horsepower in non-descript office-parks in NoVA is not going to match the mob once it gets rolling.
A sensible policy & discrete public outreach and you turn the tide quick and cheap.
Repeat after me: crowd, not mob.

4 comments for “the foolishness spreads

  1. February 2, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    A pack, not a herd, nor a mob. The arbakai of the al Amriki tribe.
    So my suspicion is that we allow terrorist websites to operate not because of some ultra secret necessity, but rather because the officials who are supposed to be in charge of such matters don’t know what the crap they’re doing. — dpwiener

  2. February 2, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Too late. They failed to manage perceptions when they had some credibility, so now the assumption is they are too incompetent/politically correct/bureaucratic/lazy/stupid/[insert pejorative here] to counter the enemy in the war of ideas.
    Vigilantes don’t bother when they have faith in the authorities.
    Some people are tired of the mall. They should have been mobilized and directed towards coordinated efforts. They waited, and waited, and watched, and got disgusted and mobilized themselves. Now they are loose cannons that can’t be commanded or controlled by Regulars. Those days are gone. If the Regulars want any influence they better start establishing some rapport. Lots of cantankerous cyber G-Chiefs who would have pissed all over themselves to cooperate 5 years ago have lost that good will.

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