Yet Moron Ron Paul
Do the media realize that they're being gamed
by this crank campaign?
On Technorati, which offers a real-time glimpse of the blogosphere, the most frequently searched term this week was "YouTube."
Then comes "Ron Paul."
The presence of the obscure Republican congressman from Texas on a list that includes terms such as "Sopranos," "Paris Hilton" and "iPhone" is a sign of the online buzz building around the long-shot Republican presidential hopeful -- even as mainstream political pundits have written him off.
No, it's a sign that some tech-savvy college kids have figured out a way to spam the heck out of Technorati to make it seem like everybody and his brother are trying to find out about Ron Paul. It's an impressive effort, no denying it, but it's astro-turfing, not real grassroots support. Paul's supporters are buying headlines but they are not moving the meters that matter: the polls.