|07:46 am - ah, the language|
Here's a new usage I encountered this morning:
astroturf: a fake grass-roots movement
In other words, astroturf is when an entity appears to be a local citizen-initiated effort but really has corporate sponsorship and is working to establish corporate goals.
Disinformation and propaganda, but what I love is the exact parallel in the terms 'grassroots' and 'astroturf'.
[Paragraph 6 in the citation. Definition from Word Spy.]