Flame Warrior Profile: Killgore TroutApril 16, 2007
One of the reasons why I chose Mike Reed’s “Flame Warriors” as a theme for my blog was my fascination with this new medium that allows us humans to communicate in an instantaneous yet anonymous manner. I think Reed’s observations were mostly based on discussions in message boards, but I’ve noticed that many of the tactics that he illustrated and described so eloquently on his site have even greater meaning when it comes to blogs, as the battleground (if you will) can encompass a multitude of sites. And I gotta say, it’s a jungle out there (here?). For perfect example of how blogging can take the flame warrior idea to a whole new level, look no further than a netizen who goes by the handle …Killgore Trout*.
Note- Since I am unable to determine with any certainty if Killgore is male or female, the following portion will contain many usages of “KT”, “the handle” and “the netizen”. I have some sort of issue with referring to another human as “it”. Call me old-fashioned. All I can figure is that he or she is probably a sci-fi buff.…so…. probably he.
Anyone who reads LGF with any frequency should recognize the handle, since KT has over 10,000 comment posts there, and is also credited quite often for submitting links to stories that make it to LGF’s main page. In fact, it’s quite possible that Killgore contributes more to LGF than any other single lizard, now that I think about it. And if Killgore has a particular speciality, it would be reading and reporting back on diaries that appear on the Daily Kos. Here’s some diaries that got Killgore’s attention:
- 60 Minutes: Scott Pelley Blames Terrorism on the Internets.
- Historians agree: Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948
- Arkin Was Right – We Do Have a Mercenary Army and They Do Owe Us!
- My Six Months On Right Wing Blogs
- Iran Joins Forces With Venezuela
- Zawahari speaks to Americans: Democrats and Republicans mentioned in speech
- LGF Beats Daily Kos? Are you kidding?
- For Whom the UN Tolls…
- ‘Out’ all Republican Gays in Congress
- Idiot press
- I just tried to write Nancy Pelosi after I saw…
- Chavez A “Thug,” Says Nancy Pelosi. Is Pelosi a troll?
- Rangel and Pelosi Out Of Line.
- Pelosi defends Bush against Chavez.
- ‘Muslims are the new Jews’
- In defense of violence?
- Why are people on this board showing sympathy to hezbollah?
- Something is Rotten in Blogmark
- Red, White and Blue Idolatry & Why I Walked out of Sunday Morning Service
- Bullshit or Breaking News?: Miami Terror Plot
- MSNBC: Radical Black Muslims busted in terror plot
- Bin Laden – Moussaoui Not Linked to 9/11
- moussouai [sic] is innocent!
- Juan Cole is ROCKIN – Let him know you Care!
Keep in mind, these were only the Kos diaries that made the front page of LGF. Killgore has submitted countless more in the comment section. In other words, I think it’s safe to say that Killgore reads more Kos diaries than I do. And on at least a couple of occasions during the last year, KT decided to do some posting on Kos as well, as one of the Kossacks pointed out: Trollbusters
Remember this diary: Imagine a world without Israel? So do I. So does LGF. I don’t think I’ve commented in any of the brazillion threads on the Lebanon/Israel conflict because I’m a pacifist, and my solution would be too simplistic and naive for most. However, this moby did comment:
**This diary was written by a moby. Check it’s comment history. It even labeled it a troll diary. Killgore Trout7/13/2006 01:06PM PDT [KT retracted this theory here upon further examination of the original diarist's posts -CZ]
**[Re:]#43 J.D.: It’s a way to make the koskidz look worse than they actually are. It’s effective though, this diary has been making the rounds all day. There are plenty of real reasons to goof on the Koskidz, we don’t need trumped up ones. Killgore Trout 7/13/2006 01:13PM PDT
**[Re:]#89 Lynn B.: Be forewarned some of the comments are from moby’s as well. I know bvecause[sic] I wrote some of them yesterday. Killgore Trout 7/13/2006 01:22PM PDT
**So has kos been successfully Moby’d? Ward Cleaver 7/13/2006 01:26PM PDT
To post at one site in an attempt to elicit comments that can then be ridiculed at a distance by members of another is a tactic of subversion that I don’t believe flame warrior enthusiasts have seen before. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m not quite sure if “moby” is the best term either. From the LGF FAQ:
It’s not quite the same thing. This wasn’t a case of posting stories about Bush’s border control policy in an effort to pick away at a few Bush voters. This is a new Flame Warrior variant (something unique to the blogs). “Recon”, maybe? On the other hand, as far as Kos is concerned, maybe Killgore is just a Lurker who occasionally plays Impostor:
It should also be mentioned that Killgore also has 2 LGF ‘sockpuppets':
*Just for the record, I like Killgore. I may not agree with everything he posts, but I believe there is a level of respect present there that can exist for fellow warrior netizens. I’m pretty sure it’s mutual. So, for KT and other visiting LGFer’s, consider this Killgore’s own open thread.
**Correction- According to KT, this handle wasn’t his doing. Maybe a secret admirer?