How predominant are shills in our society and internet?

"A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps or gives credibility to a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization. Shills can carry out their operations in the areas of media, journalism, marketing, politics, sports, confidence games, or other business areas. A shill may also act to discredit opponents or critics of the person or organization in which they have a vested interest through character assassination or other means.". .

Typically, shills using straw men and will appear to always be using tactics, as opposed to citations and sources.

Such as: Quoting an opponent's words out of context—i.e., choosing quotations that misrepresent the opponent's intentions.

Oversimplifying an opponent's argument, then attacking this oversimplified version.

Exaggerating (sometimes grossly exaggerating) an opponent's argument, then attacking this exaggerated version.

"A straw man (sometimes written as strawman, also sometimes straw dog[1][2]) is a form of argument and an informal fallacy of having the impression of refuting an argument, whereas the proper idea of argument under discussion was not addressed or properly refuted.[3] One who engages in this fallacy is said to be "attacking a straw man".". .


The shill usually appears to attempt to make the view look foolish or unwholesome in order to generate negative sentiment against it, and typically behave in an unintelligent, uninformed, or bigoted manner.

However, whilst a lot of users on the internet display this appearance.

How many would actually fit the official definition of "shill", who truly is online to support the view point of a particular political group or organisation or religion?

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5 Answers

  • Jerome
    Lv 6
    3 months ago
    Favourite answer

    They are everywhere Steven.

    I deal with them here daily.

    Easy to spot if you have more than few CONversations with them...........🤭

    Anons too. Writing PATTERNS.........

    I know mine is established now. I couldn't hide under ANON even if I wanted to.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Don't worry Steve, nobody thinks you are intelligent enough to be a shill.

  • 3 months ago

    They're everywhere. We call them "trolls" online. 

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Nice scarecrow.

    Since you know what shills are, you can continue your research by finding out where they are and how they work.

    One example of a shill is the author who uses fake Amazon accounts to send glowing five star reviews  to puff his book on that site and on Goodreads.  He or she can get his friends and family to puff the book, even if they had not read it.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    You're on a website that is 90% Trumptard shills. 

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