Risk of provoking ‘Streisand effect’ could backfire

The ‘Streisand effect’ was promoted on Whale Oil recently as a way of extending a smear campaign against Clarke Gayford.

The Streisand effect is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information which has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

Forcing targets into a ‘Streisand effect’ seems to be one of their favoured tactics. Yesterday ‘SB’ helpfully described it:

Using the court system to try to silence journalists has sadly become more and more common these days. While legal jihad does have a ‘chilling effect’ on other journalists it also brings to the public’s attention the facts and allows the journalist (while defending themselves) to keep the facts in the public eye for a much longer time than they previously could have.

Admittedly this comes at a great emotional and financial cost but the person putting them through the ordeal is one hundred percent responsible for creating the ‘Streisand effect’ and ensuring that what they wanted hidden will be spread far and wide.

And typically trying to absolve themselves of responsibility and blame the target of the smears.

However trying to generate a ‘Streisand effect’ has risks of backfiring. Keeping dirty smear tactics in the public eye is not going to do anything to protect any reputation that WO may still have, let alone repair substantial damage already done.

There are a couple of things that may get attention over the next few months that could highlight WO hypocrisy and the potential for own goals when trying to provoke a ‘Streisand effect’.

Hypocritical because I know of  number of attempts by WO to attack and silence other media and then suppress the details. The attempted hack of The Standard is one – Slater’s attempt to keep that suppressed created attention and highlighted his double standards,

There’s more to emerge that would reveal further attempts to use suppression to keep a gag on targets while trying to shut them up – while running parallel public smear campaigns. That has turned out to be a farce that will be embarrassing when it receives the public scrutiny it deserves.

There’s another case pending where a ‘Streisand effect’ may be attempted, along the lines that SB has described, and that could easily backfire. But they may be dumb enough to keep trying it anyway.

Once credibility and reputations have gone dirty then mud slinging can be like pissing in the wind.

 

Media watch – Tuesday

22 May 2018

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Media watch – Monday

21 May 2018

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Media watch – Sunday

20 May 2018

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Media watch – Saturday

19 May 2018

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Media watch – Friday

18 May 2018

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Media watch – Thursday

17 May 2018

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Media watch – Wednesday

16 May 2018

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Media watch – Tuesday

15 May 2018

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Media watch – Monday

14 May 2018

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