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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.

tinysubversions.com/notes/the-

@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".

@darius
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,"»
https://www.etymonline.com/word/robot

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