Of course, the point of any political protest is to amplify the voices of groups wanting to be heard by legislators. But astroturfing highlights how people aspiring to be part of grassroots movements can become the unwitting megaphones and therefore pawns of powerful lobby groups including wealthy political donors, "big business," and other vested interests. And astroturfing isn't only orchestrated by American interest groups that might align with our own political ideologies and doesn't only occur by getting people to show up for protest rallies. It's also a more insidious tactic of ideologically opposed forces working abroad that's being deployed within our daily social media interactions. … [Read more...] about Make America Open Again: Grassroots Protest or Astroturfing?