sock puppet


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sock puppet

A phony name made up by a user in order to masquerade as someone else on the Internet. Sock puppets can make controversial comments or vote for or against a cause without revealing their identity. They may respond to their own Usenet or blog posts praising the articles they wrote themselves or disagree with comments criticizing them on other sites.

The term comes from a pretend person made by placing a sock over one's hand. See meat puppet and astroturfing.
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The three sock puppet designs--Arrrgyle the Pirate, Princess Slipperfoot and Paws the Dog--come with a backstory that is included on the accompanying card.
com/17146/chik-fil-a-called-out-for-pathetic-attempt-at-damage-control) been speculating that the sock puppet account was created by Chick-fil-A PR to fake grassroots support for the restaurant.
A WANNABE Madonna from Ukraine, undynamic duo Denomic, and a single mum who had made sock puppets and a paper dream catcher for the judges - just another year at the X Factor auditions then.
Megan, Tim's PC soul mate chimed in and Sandee the Sock Puppet kept putting her two cents in.
Three short comedies: "The Even Farther Further Adventures of Sock Puppet Fred" by Kent Goodman; "Icebreaker" by Matt Knapp; and "Postman's Progress" by Brett Brumbaugh, DIVA
According to the press release for Harvey Finklestein's Sock Puppet Showgirls, now at L.
Furnish your home with Aeron chairs, adorn your walls with photos of the Sock Puppet, or sit back and relax as a loop of William Shatner Priceline.
One can walk for blocks in this city without seeing a single sock puppet performance, much less a moving portrayal of, say, Mary's visit with Elizabeth.
The columnist noted that the site argues that dinosaurs may still be alive today and even claims to have photos, although as Michael mentioned, "Most of these prehistoric creatures resemble a cross between Pete's Dragon and a sock puppet, a testament to the science-fiction B-films of yesteryear.
But the real story is far more complicated, a mix of overambitious dreamers, exploited employees, managers with no idea what they're doing and villains who often seem as innocuous as the Sock Puppet.
The best thing about e-tailing so far has been the sock puppet, and now even that's gone.
The Sock Puppet is the voice of pets and an advocate of pets, conveying to children and adults alike how pets feel about a wide variety of pet-related issues.