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Uh, no. Astroturfing (as I understand the term) generally does not refer to obviously large / partisan / well-funded / powerful groups (like the Corn Growers or Union o' Scientists), but to said groups pretending to be a small spontaneous bunch of local yokels.--WJThomas 08:36, 16 May 2007 (EDT)

  • I'm going to rescind / expand on some of what I just said, with the caveat that I've not yet had my morning coffee: My understanding of astroturfing would be something like a developer forming "West Podunk Citizens for Economic Justice" as a way to blunt opposition to his plan to turn a wetlands area into parking lots. But a quick look on the web shows my notion is too narrow--astroturfing also refers to lobbying groups pretending to be a different sort of group. What also happens, too, is an organization will encourage folks to send letters to their local newspaper, giving the appearance of wide-spread (decentralized) support for a given opinion.--WJThomas 08:56, 16 May 2007 (EDT)