When you litter, you’re saying to the world:
I want to enjoy the luxury of leaving a mess that someone else has to clean up.
— Judge John Hodgman, Episode 327, Little Wierdsies
Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by a grassroots participant(s). It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that there are no “true” or “natural” grassroots, but rather “fake” or “artificial” support, although some astroturfing operatives defend the practice.
WHY ARE YOU LITTERING?
✓ I am a Jerk
✓ I don’t care about natural areas
✓ Mommy still cleans up after me
✓ All of the above
Really got a lot out of this particular Art of Manliness episode.
You said your class was rigorous. Your use of Comic Sans on the syllabus shows that was a lie.