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 Post subject: Spotting spoofs on the Internet
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 6:04 am 
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An Internet article about web spoofs being taken seriously:

Can't spot a spoof? Meet Google...
By Paul Carr for The Guardian


Poor old Tom Watson. The technophile Labour MP for West Bromwich East recently found himself being mercilessly teased in the pages of Private Eye over some of the content on his website. Hislop et al were so amused at Watson's suggestion that younger constituents should "cut it with the bling bling and do something for the community, man" - that they nominated him for their new "most excruciating website run by an MP" award. What an absolute chump. Hislop that is, not Watson.

As any fule kno, Tom's "Teens!" page is a spoof, created to raise awareness of his site among journalists and influential webloggers. The ploy worked like a charm as numerous newspapers, including the Guardian, ran extracts from the page when it was launched, along with a link to Tom's weblog and details of his attempts to connect with voters via the web.

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Just one point about "clever clogs" Mr Carr - I though LOL meant "laugh out loud" not "look out, lazy".

<small>[ 11 August 2003, 08:06 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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