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OSAs ultimate weapon – Copypasta!

February 12, 2011

There was an interesting comment on Marty’s blog that didn’t get the attention it should have. Someone noticed the same phrase popping up again and again in the comments sections of the current spate of online Scientology news stories.

The phrase was “This article is another thinly veiled tabloid piece repeating old and new rumors from people with an axe to grind with the Church of Scientology.”

It was found copied and pasted word for word into comments placed on dozens, even hundreds of news sites.

Well, of course OSA is in a bind. They forbid Scientologists to actually read any of these articles, yet someone has to plant derisive comments on them. And it has to be done as soon as the article appears.

Well, that someone is the staff at OSA, probably Gloria Idda. They are thin on the ground and overworked, so of course they write the comment once and then just copy and paste it onto every news site. It’s an easy way out, it gets the comments posted. Unfortunately, anyone with Google can instantly see it for what it is – copypasta.

“Copypasta” is internet slang for any block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again, typically disseminated by individuals through online discussion forums and social networking sites. It’s akin to spam. It’s looked down on.

If Scientology really had “millions” of members, as they claim, and if those members had free unrestricted access to the internet, which they claim they do, then of course you’d get hundreds of very different comments.

So OSA, if you want to pretend to be a lot of different people, you can’t copypasta. Sigh, more work for you, more late nights and all-nighters…

Or, come join us out here where you can comment or not, say anything you want, or not write at all. Or just go get a good night’s sleep.

  1. February 12, 2011 10:40 am

    Yeah we’ve been gettin’ a lotta copypasta on Marty’s blog lately Jeff.

    You probably have some in your spam folder.


    Copypasta and spam.

    Throw on a lil’ tomato sauce and some cheese and whatta ya got?

    OSA spaghetti 🙂

  2. February 12, 2011 11:23 am

    This article is another thinly veiled tabloid piece repeating old and new rumors from people with an axe to grind with the Church of Scientology.

    Sorry. I had to do it. 🙂

  3. Marta permalink
    February 12, 2011 3:05 pm

    Another one out of the ballpark, Jeff. I hadn’t heard the term Copypasta. Love it.

    On and on the stat-pushing goes; faking their comments, faking their members, faking their accomplishments, faking their religion.

  4. February 12, 2011 3:35 pm

    Another one, copied again and again — word for word — was “A federal law enforcement source told AOL News the investigation has fallen short and no criminal charges are expected to be filed.”

    That, in robotic response to hundreds of different, individual comments.

    Um… OSA, that isn’t working.

  5. February 12, 2011 3:37 pm

    Given that people have spotted the spread of the copypasta, they might have updated it, this one started to appear yesterday: “Contrary to the New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, L. Ron Hubbard never even tried to make a living out of bias and rumors but is known for straight and honest communication with his readers and left it up to them to make up their own mind”

    • Jeff permalink*
      February 12, 2011 5:45 pm

      Good spotting. According to Google, this is already on 9 sites. Sounds like they are trying to write these things using survey buttons, which is why it sounds so convoluted and stiff.

  6. John Doe permalink
    February 12, 2011 4:48 pm

    I was asked to do one of these projects where one attempts to dilute the negative comments being posted about scientology with positive ones. Of course that this project existed was highly, highly confidential and only those OT 3 or above were invited.

    It is one of the most disheartening, futile things to try to do and I had to give it up after a couple of months. It would have been better to just leave it alone, because more than one “Poster” was affected by what they were reading and the increased cognitive dissonance that created for them.

    But having to put together such a project in order to provide any kind of defense at all bothers even well-indoctrinated people. Just like it bothered me back in the early ’80s when hoards of RPFers were put on a “special project”, given money, and sent to bookstores to buy copies of Battlefield Earth, to counteract “the SPs who were trying to suppress the book sales”.

    • February 13, 2011 2:30 am

      Oh yeah.

      The idiotic effort to take down ARS.

      That worked well 😉

      OSA managed to turn an arcane NG on Usenet into an internet star.

      That’s when I started calling them “GO lite” :

      “The same vindictiveness with half the intellect.”

      Seems they’ve gotten worse over time.

      More vindictive with no intellect whatsoever.

      • lunamoth permalink
        February 13, 2011 6:16 pm

        “The same vindictiveness with half the intellect.”


  7. AMY'S MOM permalink
    February 12, 2011 4:57 pm

    When I was the FR at Seattle Org the DSA would come around with a sample letter she needed the staff to make their own, then submit it to her and if approved she’d send it out. You weren’t expected to change them much, just enough to disguise the fact they were all coming from the same source. You were only given the barest backstory, just enough so you’d sign the damn thing to help rescue Scn from the latest “falsehood” and “attack” being hurled at the church by it’s enemies.

    If you didn’t have time to write a letter the DSA would write one for you, then bring it around to be signed. These letters were to politicians or editors of whatever publication had printed an unfavorable article.

    Complete garbage. We didn’t have a clue what was really going on, just rotely wrote and signed. Doing our duty, you know. This was a pretty regular occurrence, usually in conjunction with an OSA stat push.

  8. Tara permalink
    February 12, 2011 5:12 pm

    Yes, those “millions of members” could communicate openly and freely about the good and bad with intelligence and insight. If only…

  9. Idle Org permalink
    February 12, 2011 5:19 pm

    Add a little red sauce to that pasta and you’ll have the appropriate shade of DM’s face when he reads this.

  10. February 13, 2011 4:39 am

    I’m firing up my keyboard to write something convoluted and stiff….

    I’m sorry, I can’t think of anything.

  11. Moving Forward permalink
    February 13, 2011 7:13 am

    This isn’t even very good copypasta. Blanketly addressing such serious charges (not to mention such an exhaustive article) with simple nullification isn’t looked upon as particularly credible by anyone with intelligence.

    I thought it was really weird that they were in such denial mode that they even denied that Travolta tried to help someone who wasn’t feeling well. Also, Anne Archer just saying that all of the controversy ‘hasn’t touched her’ comes across as cold, uncaring and elitist as hell.

  12. Scooter permalink
    February 13, 2011 8:25 am

    I was working with a journalist on a story about the opening of Melbourne’s Idle Morgue and she was checking what I’d said with her OSA “source” and reported back to me what this “source” had said about me – I had “an axe to grind” was the nicest part of it.

    It sent me into gales of laughter and I said to her (once I’d stopped laughing) that I’ll bet OSA asked for “who” said this to her and then said something like “well let me tell you something about him” and then given her the “data” about me.

    She was stunned and said that that was exactly what had been said and how did I know?

    I told her about “sacred scriptures” of handling Black PR and how OSA HAD to say that etc etc.

    She told me my response to the slander I’d just heard about me was “healthy” and went ahead and wrote a cool piece on the cult anyway, without using my name in it. Here’s the link to it:

    Personally I just don’t think OSA nor their minions have the TIME nor ENERGY any more to think of new lines to write in reply to the avalanche of “entheta” appearing these days.

    Copypasta gets those stats up and that’s all that matters in Planet $cientology after all.

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