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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Anonymous is a Red State cuckservative

Never, ever, trust a cuckservative, as the President has now learned:
Victoria Coates, an art history Ph.D. who served as an adviser to Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, has been identified as “Anonymous,” administration sources tell RCP reporter Paul Sperry:

A protégé of Bush administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Coates embedded with the U.S. military to cover the Iraq War for RedState.com, a blog run by Erick Erickson, an early critic of Trump but who has since modulated his opposition. She filed positive reports from Baghdad, while knocking down criticism that the war was a debacle.

NSC investigators put stock in the fact that Coates has a history of concealing her identity in her writings. For years she blogged anonymously for RedState.com. The site eventually revealed that Coates was the blogger writing under the pseudonym “Academic Elephant.”
They found her by one of my favorite means of distinguishing truth from falsehood, textual analysis:
The sources said that to crack the identity of the rogue Trump official,  investigators ran previously published works authored by Coates through forensic author identification programs, and they matched the prose style of Anonymous.

Investigators were able to profile the author of the op-ed and book by sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and syntax. They then compared that writing profile to Coates'. The stylistic traits synced up, sources said.

Researchers have found that authorship recognition tools can identify an author with a high level of accuracy when there are several thousand words of available content to analyze, as was the case with the sample size the White House analyzed. Coates’ own body of written work spans two decades and includes several books and dozens of columns, as well as policy papers, speeches and a doctoral thesis.

In short, the authors share the same punchy but at times breezy writing style, with pithy sentences punctuating a fluid narrative.

What’s more, the same manners of expression and phrases, such as “like-minded” and “clear-eyed,” kept turning up in the writings of both Coates and the secret Trump betrayer. The two also shared distinct vocabulary -- such as the uncommon “sextant” -- another linguistic fingerprint that pointed to the same authorship.
As we've observed here over the years, it is ridiculously easy to identify someone once you are sufficiently familiar with their literary style and habits. For example, I can quite often spot a banned troll on his first anonymous post-ban comment; no two people think or write exactly the same way. And it's very easy to tell when news reports are concocting fake quotes from nonexistent people; if it sounds like it's from a movie, it's reliably fake.

Anyhow, it's good that the treacherous infiltrator was exposed and removed.

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Blogger Henry Lee April 15, 2020 1:52 PM  

Erickson now has a talk show which is syndicated around Georgia.He's still snarky about Trump but holds it down, I guess because it cost him earlier. I think his schtick is to be contrary. To my satisfaction, he still doesn't have advertisers. Hell, even my dad had a chicken farm as an advertiser on his 0500, "Hillbilly Harry Lee and his one man Jamboree" on an Atlanta station back in the forties.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 15, 2020 1:54 PM  

Just like most Women in the workplace, gossip mongering backstabbing bitches.

Blogger carnaby April 15, 2020 2:02 PM  

What a cunt.

Blogger Azimus April 15, 2020 2:06 PM  

Someone has to explain why an Art History major was the Deputy National Security Advisor???

Blogger Balkan Yankee April 15, 2020 2:10 PM  

Exiled to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh. Nice touch.

Blogger Dave April 15, 2020 2:19 PM  

Rather than fire Coates, the White House has quietly transferred her to the Department of Energy, where she awaits special assignment in Saudi Arabia — far from the president.

No doubt she is eagerly anticipating her special assignment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Blogger Geir Balderson April 15, 2020 2:21 PM  

"Anyhow, it's good that the treacherous infiltrator was exposed and removed."

Was this a North Korean removal? Too much to hope for I suppose.

Blogger Nihil Dicit April 15, 2020 2:22 PM  

it's very easy to tell when news reports are concocting fake quotes from nonexistent people; if it sounds like it's from a movie, it's reliably fake.

"When asked about the quotes attributed to him, the department chief responded that he wished he had said them but 'he'd never been that clever in his life'".

Blogger Dave April 15, 2020 2:38 PM  

Further suggesting common authorship, the following relatively uncommon, or atypical, verbs also are used repeatedly by both Coates and Anonymous: burnish, lurch, ameliorate, grapple, insinuate, flummox, moor/unmoor.

But their favorite verb by far is “lament.” Anonymous leans on it at least a dozen times in “A Warning,” and Coates also uses “lament” in her columns and books, sprinkling the word like MSG throughout her writings.

Then there are their shared adverbs of choice. They include: “routinely," “demonstrably" and “increasingly."

Another verbal tic showing up in their writings is their frequent use of “albeit.” Over and over, both Coates and Anonymous rely on it as a conjunction.

An additional key linguistic marker helping to identify them as the same author is their frequent use of the descriptors “grim” and “robust.” Other go-to adjectives found throughout both their works are “aspirational” and “intolerable.”


Fascinating. Could textual analysis be a helpful tool for authors?

Blogger The Scribe April 15, 2020 2:43 PM  

I read through a little of "A Warning" at the store several months ago. The first impression I had was, "The author is gamma AF."

And with this reveal, well, I wasn't too wrong, after all ....

Hope she enjoys her new working location ....

Blogger Dave W. April 15, 2020 2:49 PM  

*sending a woman to Saudi*

LOL, that's some just punishment right there!

Blogger Seeingsights April 15, 2020 2:52 PM  

A Gamma make can he identified by their writing style too. Their writing is:

1. Verbose
2 Makes no good arguments
3. Personalized--it's either about them or it's an ad hominem directed to the person they are addressing
4. Devoid of wit.

Blogger Dan in Georgia April 15, 2020 2:53 PM  

TGE sends her to SA in the summer. Best president ever.

Blogger The Cooler April 15, 2020 2:56 PM  

People truly do not understand the information trail they leave in their writing, even those that know it's a thing. For those who haven't figured it out yet, this is one of the reasons Q is so cryptic.

Blogger Stilicho April 15, 2020 2:56 PM  

TGE reassigned her to an energy dept. post in Saudi Arabia. Hilarious!

Blogger Crew April 15, 2020 3:10 PM  

Trump needs to neuter more of the traitors because there is a conspiracy by various Democratic Party governors to tank the economy as far as I can see.

I think Trump knows about it and I hope he can get ahead of it.

Blogger Lazarus April 15, 2020 3:14 PM  

Trump's buddies in Saud will probably give her a special welcome.

Blogger Kevin April 15, 2020 3:14 PM  

*** Raises his hand knowing that this could be a stupid question ***
Uhh... Is this QAnon or someone else?

Blogger Felis Concolor April 15, 2020 3:20 PM  

Wasn't that sort of analysis what uncovered Cameltoe/Meadows/"Fieldsy"'s identity? I read about that bit of sleuthing shortly after your highly entertaining smackdown of his intellectual dishonesty.

I was busted by the same sort of analysis in high school: I was making some decent money as a typist/transcriber of class reports for students - but the average student's sloppy prose chafed at my sensibilities. I cleaned up the diction so thoroughly the reports effectively became "mine" and several professors pulled me aside to let me know I could still type out reports for money - but they had to be verbatim.

Blogger Ingot9455 April 15, 2020 3:29 PM  

Master authors can develop different styles, different 'voices', or choose to approximate the style of another author. John C. Wright mentions the topic and how it's done a few times - and how an author like Gene Wolfe, for example, defies such approximation.

If you have ever read a pastiche or a licensed work - say, reading a Sherlock Holmes story not written by Doyle, a James Bond novel not written by Fleming, or a Conan story not written by Howard - and gotten a sensation like grating glass in your head; that is the feeling of trying to read a poorly written approximation.

Blogger Jeff Wood April 15, 2020 3:30 PM  

The culture will be bad enough, but my first thought was of the temperature. We have family who lived and worked in Oman and Dubai, where in the summer the mercury rises to over 50 Celsius, or over 122 Fahrenheit.

I guess that even a Texan would consider that a little warm. The heat seems to be harder on women, air-con or no.

Blogger maniacprovost April 15, 2020 3:39 PM  

Could textual analysis be a helpful tool for authors?

Yes, but, the current wave of indie authors doesn't even edit for grammar, clarity, concision, or beauty of prose to begin with. Many could benefit from this type of coaching, like "Hey, stop using 'lament' all the time when it's hardly even appropriate."

A hardcore prose artist could probably use automated analysis to help home their craft.

Blogger Brett baker April 15, 2020 3:48 PM  

At last, payback for 9/11!

Blogger James Dixon April 15, 2020 3:53 PM  

> TGE sends her to SA in the summer. Best president ever.

Yep. Make sure she dresses appropriately. :)

Blogger Dave W. April 15, 2020 3:54 PM  

No comments yet from Erickson, Redstate or Ted. CAN'T. WAIT.

Blogger DroppingBear April 15, 2020 4:01 PM  

I wonder what this 'Q' stuff will be exposed as being? I mean, they're this close to locking her up guys. You just gotsta pray for Trump a little harder.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 15, 2020 4:05 PM  

Kevin wrote:Uhh... Is this QAnon or someone else?
She wrote an anonymous Op-Ed for the New York Times as a "highly-placed White House official" claiming all the Usual Narrative Bullshit, including Confidential and Secret-level conversations, to try to stop Trump killing the Obama administration Iran agreement.
If they wanted to, they could put her in jail.

Blogger phil g April 15, 2020 4:12 PM  

'Talent stack' dontia know

Blogger Dole April 15, 2020 4:22 PM  

Never talk to the media, never trust to the conservative. Following the tried and proven rules of dealing with cucked up people will never fail you.

Blogger Kevin April 15, 2020 4:25 PM  

Thanks. I'll be sure to do my homework and come prepared for the next class.

Blogger Better Left Unsaid April 15, 2020 4:38 PM  

They applied textual analysis to Obama's biography to show that Bill Ayers was the author. There is no way to stay anonymous unless you write only a few sentences.

Blogger Reader April 15, 2020 4:40 PM  

I wish Trump had a more of a killer instinct. His motto is more like, "Can't we all just get along?" The answer is clearly, "No." but he thinks he can negotiate reality and come away with his version of it. He will never be able to make a deal with evil to play along. In this, he exposes them for what they are. The unmasking of their vileness has been the greatest extent of the damage these foul creatures have endured at the hands of the GEOTUS. But that will not be enough to stop them from their onslaught on America and The West. Only retribution, real justice, and a return to the rule of law will MAGA.

Blogger James Dixon April 15, 2020 4:42 PM  

> Uhh... Is this QAnon or someone else?

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2020/04/15/heres_anonymous_trump_aides_say_and_heres_how_they_outed_her_122684.html


Blogger Kiwi April 15, 2020 4:42 PM  

Anyone in the white house who is a spy and a writer isn't going to be that easy to find with text analysis and certainly not from the "sweetie" type suggestions in the article. My writing style is obvious yet even I wouldn't be stupid enough to not mitigate that or my gender.

Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.

Blogger joc April 15, 2020 4:46 PM  

Jack Cashill proved (at least to me) that Bill Ayers wrote Obama's memoir using textual analysis. Interesting stuff.

Blogger APL April 15, 2020 5:02 PM  

Vox: "no two people think or write exactly the same way. "

I've heard people say it's easy to identify the sex of a writer by reading his or her scribbling.

Given that you can apparently ( Even I have done ) recognise a distant figure by his or her gait. I guess it's not too much of a stretch.

As a bear of very small brain, what do you look for in an authors writings to figure out gender?

Blogger Ransom Smith April 15, 2020 5:06 PM  

Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.
You're assuming the average person is willing to take the extra time to learn a new syntax and carefully proofread their own work each time.
Writing a column goes from an hour or two to four or five hours.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine April 15, 2020 5:27 PM  

>There is no way to stay anonymous unless you write only a few sentences.

There are ways. There are not easy ways.

Blogger Kraemer April 15, 2020 5:36 PM  

I find it rather interesting that she went to an Energy dept in Saudi. Since Trump has no problem firing literally everyone, it suggests that he either has a use for her there, or plans to do exactly nothing Energy-related with Saudi for the next four years. That itself is interesting from an oil markets perspective. Anybody know more about the oil situation?

Blogger maniacprovost April 15, 2020 5:37 PM  

Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.

In theory it shouldn't be difficult to disguise writing, and we can ignore how tedious and labor intensive that would be.

But let's say you used your master author skills to disguise your writing. Odds are, you're the only master author that had means and motive. Or if you used some kind of software to randomize your word choice, maybe run it through Google Translate or grammar fixers, you might be leaving more evidence behind.

Even the logical flow of the writing could be studied. Some people strictly follow chronological sequence, others start with axioms and build up, others start with the goal and work backwards.

Your best bet would be to start off as a great writer and then make yourself sound more dumb.

Blogger Kraemer April 15, 2020 5:37 PM  

Trump derangement syndrome seems to shave a good 30 points off of the IQ of those affected imho

Blogger Paul Oglebay April 15, 2020 5:59 PM  

Vox, are you and the VFM in on my surveillance and all the people around me seeming to think that they are acting in a movie with me as the star? If so, please contact me, as I would like to work with the LLoE on some torts and I would need some information from you to go about it. If not, ignore this as an aspiring novelist writing his own story with your blog as part of the plot...

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 15, 2020 6:02 PM  

"In short, the authors share the same punchy but at times breezy writing style, with pithy sentences punctuating a fluid narrative."

That's like a very common template with these people. Like they go out of their way to be "breezy" as a means of disarming the more critical.

Beyond that, burn this witch.

Blogger Damelon Brinn April 15, 2020 6:19 PM  

Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to?

You would have to write very differently from your usual style to prevent it. In a situation like this, presumably she's been writing in the style most natural to her for years, then someone asks if she wants to write some traitorous articles anonymously. You'd have to write them in a style that's unnatural to you, but still write them well enough to be published. I don't think most people could do that. They'd be better off to pass an outline to someone else and have that person write it.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants April 15, 2020 6:32 PM  

It's never talk to the media. Never talk to the police. Never talk to the FBI, never talk to IRS.

Most people can't help themselves, however, because deep down everyone thinks they are too smart for their words to hurt them.

Blogger jarheadljh April 15, 2020 6:35 PM  

This is some of what Q dropped today :

Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6 ID: 000000 No.8802359 📁
Apr 15 2020 12:59:20 (EST) NEW
Anonymous ID: 189540 No.8802315 📁
Apr 15 2020 12:52:20 (EST) NEW
You have to sense the tension building, Q!
It's becoming a tinder box.
>>8802315
Imagine if we weren't here.
While difficult, it is important to understand this must be done by the book.
Average people must be able to digest and accept [factually] events.
FISA lead-in [stage 1 act 1]
Bad actor(s) had to be removed.
Good actor(s) had to be installed.
Sleeper(s) had to be uncovered.
We are ready [think Barr public].
Q

We are far beyond the need for proofs.
You have more than you know.
Durham start.
Q OP start.
5:5?
Q

For those that don't know, 5:5 is radio code, it's means LOUD and CLEAR, with 5 being the highest, 1 the lowest. So if I'm reading this correctly, Durham's upcoming indictments kickoff the actual start of the Q operation, guessing that means the physical aspects? Durham has been as close as can be to confirmed to be the Punisher Q has teased for two years, because why else would Sean Hannity be wearing a Punisher lapel pin while talking to Durham?

And this is as close to a straight answer as Q ever gives. For that reason, I always took FUTURE PROVES PAST to mean that we wouldn't know when something was happening until that something was in progress.

Blogger RedJack April 15, 2020 6:36 PM  

Actually, I think it burns through. Could I write an essay that is not typical Red? Yes. Could I write dozens of articles in both my n a me and my pen name, under similar topics, and NOT get found out? Probably not. Everyone has a style , and that comes through

Blogger Matthew Hopkins (MHN) / Sam Smith April 15, 2020 6:37 PM  

A hallmark of nearly all the bad people we condemn or criticise here is their belief that their political views exempt them from norms of good / honourable behaviour. The degree of this varies from outright crime / terrorism like the more extreme members of Antifa through to treachery like that of, "Anonymous".

They are the people who tend left through life where many of us move from left to right. I wonder if it is some genetic or spiritual pre-disposition.

There is a huge story about similar behaviour live here in the United Kingdom. Basically, paid staff at Labour thought Corbyn was too left wing for them. They would have preferred a Blair. So they sabotaged their own Party - https://www.counterfire.org/articles/analysis/21098-labour-s-explosive-report-shows-how-right-wing-officials-sabotaged-the-party

Being morons, they organised all this using logged IM, for example WhatsApp groups. All their chat logs fell into the hand of Corbyn's minions. So basically, their chats sounded suspiciously close to /pol/. They were bad-mouthing Diane Abbott MP and caricaturing her as stupid. Calling female staffers smelly, (that is, by implication ungroomed lesbians), wishing burning death on a mentally ill youth member. They sat on anti-Semitism complaints to make Corbyn look anti-Semitic.

Quite ironically, it seems several senior staff and management at our most 'woke' party don't really agree with the all of that, y'know, Equalities stuff they keep going on about.

Blogger Avalanche April 15, 2020 6:57 PM  

@4v "Someone has to explain why an Art History major was the Deputy National Security Advisor???"

She put out?

Blogger Seeingsights April 15, 2020 7:20 PM  

@34. Kiwi

'Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.'

There is a counter-example to your doubts.

The novel _Primary Colors_ was originally published anonymously.

"Several people, including former Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet, believed the style of writing had similarities to that of Joe Klein. This was also supported by a quantitative stylometric analysis of the book by Vassar professor Donald Foster.[5] Klein initially denied writing the book and publicly condemned Foster.[6][7] Klein denied authorship again in Newsweek, speculating that another writer wrote it. Washington Post Style editor David von Drehle, in an interview, asked Klein if he was willing to stake his journalistic credibility on his denial, to which Klein agreed.[8]

On July 17, 1996, after The Washington Post published the results of a handwriting analysis of notes made on an early manuscript of the book, Klein finally admitted that he was "Anonymous".[9]

Source: InfoGalactic

Blogger Haxo Angmark April 15, 2020 7:24 PM  

one less pollywog in the Swamp. At this rate, Drumpf

will have it drained by the year 3000.

Blogger Jad April 15, 2020 7:35 PM  

I had no idea... Makes perfect sense.

Blogger Dole April 15, 2020 7:41 PM  

@51
So snarky, do I smell a gamma? At this rate you won't last in this forum until the end of day.

Blogger Nihil Dicit April 15, 2020 8:36 PM  

Only shipping her to Saudi Arabia? Are all the Ebola Zone jobs filled?

Blogger Crew April 15, 2020 8:41 PM  

Do the cuckservatives rival Big Pharma for its evil interconnections with government employees and politicians?

https://www.unz.com/wwebb/a-killer-enterprise-how-one-of-big-pharmas-most-corrupt-companies-plans-to-corner-the-covid-19-cure-market/

Blogger Crew April 15, 2020 8:52 PM  

Amazon finally got sick of SJWs working for it:

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/04/15/amazon-fires-employee-climate-warrior-leaders/

Blogger SirHamster April 15, 2020 9:00 PM  

Kiwi wrote:Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.

Writing style is a function of thinking, which is uniquely shaped by experience and education. It is akin to fingerprints.

For a brief note, you might write it identically to someone else, thus not uniquely identifiable. But the more words, the more self is expressed.

As a guess, you'd have to be able to switch between two ways of thinking to pull off non-identifiability. So having two minds in one person, one public, and the other known to none. That'd be rather unique.

Blogger Didas Kalos April 15, 2020 9:10 PM  

@joc. if Obama's memoir doesn't have "uh, let me be clear" in it 396 times, then Obama did not write it.

Blogger Didas Kalos April 15, 2020 9:12 PM  

@unknown. Who? Am? I? LOL

Blogger Rough Carrigan April 15, 2020 9:45 PM  

Oddly, enough, while there's a need for an Art major in Saudi Arabia this summer, I have it on good authority that, by late fall, it will be the weather station in Thule, Greenland that cries out for the inestimable talents of a pretentious Art major.

Blogger R Devere April 15, 2020 11:00 PM  

Skyler the Weird wrote:Just like most Women in the workplace, gossip mongering backstabbing bitches.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
If by "most women" you mean "ALL women", then I would agree!

Blogger Nathan April 15, 2020 11:25 PM  

"As a bear of very small brain, what do you look for in an authors writings to figure out gender?"

Females use more pronouns than males, including "I, my, me, you." Males tend to use "we, us, our." Females also try to establish a relationship with the reader in the text. Males are more impersonal. (The feminine "My aim" vs. the masculine "the main aim").

Males use determinate articles "a, that, these, those", quantifiers (one, two, some, more), and numbers. Another male marker is the "X of Y" "Game of Thrones"/"Garden of Roses" formulation.

The telltales are specific enough that they've automated the process in several apps to determine the writer's sex with 70% accuracy.

(Source: https://u.cs.biu.ac.il/~koppel/papers/male-female-text-final.pdf)

Blogger Kraemer April 16, 2020 12:12 AM  

I think it can be altered, but it would indeed be exceedingly difficult on the scale of the traitor's writings. Otoh, she burned through so bad it's not even funny. Read the full RealClearPolitics article

Blogger Silly but True April 16, 2020 12:45 AM  

Maybe a trip to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul needs to be in order for Coates? Bzzzzzzzzz...

Blogger APL April 16, 2020 6:01 AM  

Matthew Hopkins (MHN) / Sam Smith: "I wonder if it is some genetic or spiritual pre-disposition."

There is a fellow out there, by the name of Michael Woodly ( I think ), who puts forward the theory that up until about 1860 humans were under extreme environmental pressure - high mortality due to disease, war, famine. high infant mortality.

But all that death had the effect of filtering out bad genes. Result today we've got loads of 'genetic mutants' that manifest as SJW, Socialists, Marxists an all.

Blogger BillHinDaytona April 16, 2020 6:22 AM  

@12.

A Gamma make can he identified by their writing style too. Their writing is:

1. Verbose
2 Makes no good arguments
3. Personalized--it's either about them or it's an ad hominem directed to the person they are addressing
4. Devoid of wit.


Heh. From these criteria, with the exception of wit, I wonder if Hunter S. Thompson was sigma or gamma? His entire ouvre was self-mythology and vilification. But he was very funny.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 16, 2020 8:15 AM  

Dole wrote:@51
So snarky, do I smell a gamma?

Very gamma. Very banned.
Crew
wrote
:Amazon finally got sick of SJWs working for it:
Storm, maybe? A good thing either way.

Blogger Brant Thacker April 16, 2020 8:22 AM  

I don’t understand how Erickson still has a show. His coverage of the 2016 election was so bad. He is nothing but a liar, a grifter and a churchian. I can’t stand that man.

Blogger cecilhenry April 16, 2020 8:37 AM  

This is how they caught the Unabomber too.



Your words reveal your soul.

Blogger nyan April 16, 2020 10:32 AM  

How fungible is this kind of textual analysis? If I busted out a thesaurus and measured/refactored all n-gram frequencies to reduce/alter those apparent markers, how feasible is it to cheat analyses like this? Decades of "business writing" indoctrination has pushed me to aggressively simplify what I write. If a trained writer pigeonholed his style to write for the lowest-common denominator, would this be enough to throw people off the case?

Blogger The Cooler April 16, 2020 10:57 AM  

@69 True. He couldn't stop himself from the correct use of colloquialisms, idioms and maxims that most other people use incorrectly.

A lesson for spergs that hope to be useful someday.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia April 16, 2020 11:43 AM  

nyan wrote:How fungible is this kind of textual analysis? If I busted out a thesaurus and measured/refactored all n-gram frequencies to reduce/alter those apparent markers, how feasible is it to cheat analyses like this? Decades of "business writing" indoctrination has pushed me to aggressively simplify what I write. If a trained writer pigeonholed his style to write for the lowest-common denominator, would this be enough to throw people off the case?

If I were trying to identify you from text, I'd do a global search for "pigeonholed," and "lowest common denominator."

No, it takes a very skilled, indeed, gifted writer to get outside himself and inhabit another character/personality in prose. Even authors who try to do first person narratives representing a different character than themselves wind up providing tell-tale signs that an attentive reader would say, "Hey, that's definitely him."

Lots of early modern 20th century novelists tried to do that with the so-called "unreliable narrator." Creveld's Hitler in Hell follows that tradition. It would be interesting to do a textual analysis of Hitler in Hell against Creveld's non-fiction expository writing. I would surmise there might be stylistic similarities.

Anyway, the more you write in your own voice, the more quantity you produce, the easier it is to do. Coates was obviously quite prolific, so identifying her as Anonymous was shooting fish in a barrel, a walk in the park, easy as pie.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia April 16, 2020 12:31 PM  

Nathan wrote:"As a bear of very small brain, what do you look for in an authors writings to figure out gender?"

Females use more pronouns than males, including "I, my, me, you." Males tend to use "we, us, our." Females also try to establish a relationship with the reader in the text. Males are more impersonal. (The feminine "My aim" vs. the masculine "the main aim").


Right.

Of course the other tell is the use, and often over-use, of the verb "feel." It's an especially telling usage when the verb is used in a context that requires objective analysis, like a position paper or policy recommendation.

Blogger Andrew Jackson April 16, 2020 12:42 PM  

She is a Bushie,thats all you need to know. God damn the Bush's to hell!

Blogger Stan_qaz April 16, 2020 3:32 PM  

If you do your own textual analysis of your past writings and then on a current piece you could find the matching bits and excise them from your new piece or rearrange/word to avoid the tagging. Then go back and examine text from other likely suspects and pick a few of their identifiers to put in your piece for further masking.
Not perfect but it might be enough if you don't write a lot you don't want tracked to you.

Blogger Oswald April 16, 2020 3:56 PM  

Once they had her in their sights, they just didn't do textual analysis to figure out it was her. You know they bugged all her communications. Plus, they probably are/were spying on her literary agent. I mean the guy is representing Bolton and Comey. He obviously would know stuff they would want to know. If nothing else what is in Bolton's book.

Blogger Oswald April 16, 2020 4:03 PM  

Just realized I use the same words over and over. Could I be Oswald?

Blogger judgeholdem1848 April 16, 2020 4:55 PM  

Could they find you through your writing style if you didn't want them to? I doubt it.

There exists a unique word count beyond which any writer could be identified by style alone. That word count can be pushed up through deliberate effort but only so far. Adding content itself and other information to the analysis dramatically reduces the maximum word count below which the writer could stay anonymous.

Instinct tells me that many would be shocked at how low a word count it would take to identify their writing through stylistic textual analysis alone. Thwarting it beyond a few thousand words would likely require choosing optimally low-information construction that considers every word.

Blogger judgeholdem1848 April 16, 2020 6:41 PM  

@66

Thompson was close to the sigma archetype imo. Nothing in his history indicates gamma, although he easily could have been omega given less charisma. He was by most accounts successful with women. He was damn near voted in as the sheriff of Pitkin County, running on a platform to tear up all asphalt streets and replace them with sod, lock price-gouging drug dealers in public stockades and to change the name of Aspen to Fat City.

Documentaries show people literally following him around like a pack of dogs while he engendered the rage of some of the top alphas of his time, with little negative effect on his standing with other alphas and bravos. He hung with the likes of Oscar Zeta Acosta, serious underworld figures who would likely not tolerate gammas any more than California prison gangs would.

Per post @12, he was witty and even succinct in his way. His frequent ad hominem was artful and always iconoclastic rather than spiteful.

Perhpas most importantly, he displayed a fearlessness that is common in athletes and soldiers but almost entirely absent in career journalists.

No, it takes a very skilled, indeed, gifted writer to get outside himself and inhabit another character/personality in prose. Even authors who try to do first person narratives representing a different character than themselves wind up providing tell-tale signs that an attentive reader would say, "Hey, that's definitely him."

Faulkner writing Benjy in The Sound and the Fury is an example of virtuosic mental modelling of a character that must have been utterly alien to the author.

Blogger Up from the pond April 18, 2020 2:15 PM  

Men get to the point. Women paint a picture of how they feel about the point.

Blogger Up from the pond April 18, 2020 2:18 PM  

Ed Dutton

Blogger Up from the pond April 18, 2020 2:30 PM  

His brother noticed that the manifesto had: "eat your cake and have it too." Most people say: "have your cake and eat it too." He remembered Ted's using the first, odd version several times while they were growing up. That clue, plus knowledge of his brother's personality and viewpoints on a few things, made him call the FBI. Ted sits in prison because of a word order choice.

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