I just published "The Bot Scare", an essay about how the word "bot" is used in American political discourse. Among other things I compare it to the use of "Red" during the first Red Scare.

@darius A very nice essay, thank you for sharing it! I especially like your comparison of the use of "bot" with the use of "red".

you could say perhaps that the use of 'paid bot' is getting closer again to the original #etymology of the word 'bot' is derived of: 'robot'?
«robot (n.)
1923, from English translation of 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), by Karel Capek (1890-1938), from Czech robotnik "forced worker," from robota "forced labor, compulsory service, drudgery," from robotiti "to work, drudge," from an Old Czech source akin to Old Church Slavonic rabota "servitude,"»

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