Ever since Horse_ebooks bedazzled the Twitter-verse, bots have been a constant obsession, nonsensical palette cleansers between hashtag political arguments and new product announcements. Writing for Medium, Mark Sample investigates the idea of turning bots into politically productive forces for use in protest, termed "bots of conviction." According to Sample, protest bots would flood Twitter with topical, data-based, cumulative and oppositional messages that interrupt the flow of news that's otherwise determined by viral distraction and paid-for sponsorships with dire political messages that try and put infotainment stories back into perspective. 

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