Shill- a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others; one who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
Yet, and more importantly, do all shills know that they are shills? Or, have they been so brainwashed, so duped themselves, that, like programmed robots, they have no idea that they really are [unpaid] shills? At least a real shill gets a pay check.
Corporate shills were busy during the Health Care debate [ruckus] last year; one of them was spotted wearing his corporate logo as he posed as a teabagger. At least he was on salary.
Just think about all of those unpaid shills who ‘work’ for the banking, business and corporate interests who are not paid for their shilling services. I wonder if they need to organize themselves into a union? The Shilling Union of America.
I think back on those ‘Kill the Bill!’ rallies at which the Tea Party was so active. There were ordinary blokes shilling for the Health Insurance industry. Mom and Pop holding their signs and waving the flag in support of the insurance giants- the ones who don’t give a rat’s ass about Mom and Pop. Not only did these poor shills not get compensated for their time and effort, but the poor souls had to pay transportation costs to and from the ‘rallies.’
Now Mom and Pop are shilling for BP. “It’s Obama’s fault!” they cry. No doubt there will be more Tea Party get-togethers soon with signs reading, ‘Blaming BP is Un-American!’ I wonder if any will bring those 2008 signs, “Drill baby, drill!”?
It’s been my hypothesis for years that Americans are some of the most easily duped and propagandized people on the planet. Why should we be surprised, then, that so many of them have become unpaid shills for corporations?