Danger Room has the story on a new USAF program to monitor and respond to blog postings regarding the Wild Blue Yonder bunch, including a handy flow chart to guide hall monitors to the correct action.
Here is a slightly edited and expanded version of a comment I left over at Say Uncle on the topic:
I never had a problem with this sort of program.
Over the years I’ve had a number of military public affairs types leave comments here at Murdoc Online. FWIW, I’ve nearly always found their messages worth reading, informative, and on topic. In other words, nearly the exact opposite of the trolls they were countering.
They also left comments directed at me that corrected or expanded upon posts I wrote. Always in a respectful, conversational manner. Most of them seemed to by Army personnel regarding Army programs (Styrker, anyone?) and I’ve never been sure which commenters are doing it on their own and which are part of an official response program.
To be honest, as long as the comments are basically truthful, honest, and constructive, I don’t have an issue with it. In fact, if the military didn’t have large programs like this underway, I’d be concerned.
I wouldn’t mind seeing some of this directed in more open way at the “real” mainstream media, either.