I greatly enjoyed myself yesterday putting the boot into Anonymous, from Brexit Britain, who’d pushed out a mind bending piece of writing at the Guardian claiming to have been sent into a right-wing, ideological death spiral by Sam Harris, Milo Yiannopoulos, and a YouTube algorithm.
But getting on Twitter today, it looks like I need to get my spider senses retuned, as one of the great troll-minds of our age, the eminently followable Twitter manipulator Godfrey Elfwick, has claimed responsibility for the Guardian piece.
But did he write it or not?
Here’s the evidence he’s provided so far:
This in itself isn’t really evidence. It could have been made at any time. There are a couple of things I notice about it too.
First, the headline is the same as the one on the published article. At a big organisation like the Guardian it would be usual for a sub-editor to write the headline.
Second, the text is exactly the same as in the published article, down to the punctuation style. Again, at a newspaper like the Guardian, a sub would usually make some changes, if only to make it fit the in-house style.
And then there’s this:
This isn’t strong evidence either, but it does make the following look a little suspect:
I know, the ‘inspired me’ line could be just a joke, or maybe the inspiration was simply to turn some writing into a Guardian spoof. But either way, more evidence is needed to accept this as the brilliant hoax it might be. If it’s real, then there must be some email correspondence with an editor at the Guardian. And if it’s real, then why haven’t the Guardian taken the piece down?
In a way, maybe a hoaxed hoax is better. It just underlines how far down the drain of nonsensical regressive leftism the Guardian has gone, when its articles seem more likely to be parody than real.
And Maajid Nawaz is right when he says this:
Still, I’d like to know either way.