Facebook and Politics

Discussion in 'Politics' started by BDBoop, Aug 20, 2011.

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    Since 2008, Facebook users have risen from 100m to 750m. Granted, I don't know how many of them are Americans, AND old enough to vote.

    I was just reading in another thread about how people who don't follow politics are likely to vote based on appearance. I'm just wondering, what with all the politically active people on Facebook, if more people are becoming politically aware.

    In other words, might the number of politically aware Americans be rising. Might it be getting less easy to fool people, since there is fingertip access to so much information?
     
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    How many bullshit threads do you start every day ?

    I think you have some sort of a USMB record for most idiotic threads daily.

    Keep up the stupid work.
     
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    I put her on ignore LOL:clap2:
     
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    She's asking a simple question and not even taking any political sides in it. What's so stupid about it?
     
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    And to answer the question....


    Yes, people do seem to be more politically aware, but No, that doesn't appear to be stopping them from believing crap anyway.
     
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    Almost certainly not. Increased availability of information is useless to a person if:

    1) A person chooses not to access information (perhaps relying on certain ideological gatekeepers to sift through it for them, if they rely on anything at all); or

    2) A person is unable to use, interpret, understand, or evaluate that information. Which just leads you back to the gatekeepers in point 1.

    Both of these are rampant--read a few threads here if you want some quick examples.

    Or, as Feynman put it, "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool." Still good advice and still largely unheeded.
     
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    Politically aware yes, but in a programmed way not in a self thinking decision making way.
    That skill is vanishing rapidly.
     
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    14 threads in one day. And he night is young.
     
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    No shit... what an attention whore.
     
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    Someone have a touch of OCD?
     

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