Maine's Anti-Social Media
A few months ago, you couldn't turn on the Twitter Machine without tripping over people using the popular microblogging service to impersonate Maine Governor Paul LePage. The anonymous critics mocked every step his administration took, with varying degrees of comedic success. Now, those Twitterers have fallen silent (as has the governor's own, real account), but that doesn't mean the statehouse satirizing is over.
A new account using the handle Maine_Reporter has begun Tweeting a steady stream of parody posts skewering Maine's political media. The anonymous author, whose description reads "I'm a big-time Maine reporter. I know everything. Trust me," apparently takes issue with the focus and work ethic of certain statehouse scribes. "Let's see, which public figure can I write a flattering, uninformative profile of today?" reads one update. "I am SO not going to write an update regarding the budget debate. Just a short summary when it's passed," reads another.
I don't know who's running the account, but I can't help but suspect Bangor Daily News Web Editor William P. Davis, based on absolutely no evidence. Why? Because it seems like the popular thing to do. After all, Davis was also recently accused of being one of the hackers behind the high-profile hacking collective LulzSec, a group of online vandals who have spent the last few weeks compromising a long list of high-profile Web sites.
The hackers, who mainly communicate through their twitter account and a Web site that plays the theme to The Love Boat on a loop, have taken responsibility for cracking and defacing NPR.org, releasing thousands of usernames and passwords from Web sites owned by Sony, and recently claimed to have gained access to servers used by the U.S. Senate. They claim to be infiltrating the sites purely for their own personal amusement.
As an article on The Atlantic's Web site explains, Davis was accused of being involved with LulzSec by an anonymous poster on 4Chan, a free-ranging, off-color online juggernaut of a message board. Davis denies the accusation and explains that confusion may have arisen over the fact that he runs an online application that was used to chronicle some of the groups' early exploits.
Well there we go. Thanks to social media, it looks like I, too, have managed to avoid writing about the budget.