Has USMB & The Internet Become Ghettoized, Polarized and Insular?

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    Has USMB & The Internet Become Ghettoized, Polarized and Insular?

    I think so. I think many of us here and on the internet "live in partisan ghettoes, ignorant about the other side."



    interesting article with interesting quotes: about our cognitive biases...:eusa_whistle:

    We like hearing evidence that confirms our suppositions. We filter out evidence that challenges them...we have a natural tilt toward polarized views. People are prone to gather in like-minded groups...they drive each other to even greater extremes.

    ...liberal judges get more liberal when they are on panels with other liberals. Conservative judges get more conservative.

     
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    Did I forget to say I disagree with many of the conclusions in the article?

     
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    Internet debate is framed by several factors. One of the most prominent is the Internet dickwad theory:

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    I do think that a majority of people will graviate towards forums where opinion is mostly the same as thiers. look at the popularity of DU and FR. Sites like this where all opinions are allowed are less populated.

    You also usually have issues separating trolls from debaters. Hell some people have split personalilites, trolling at one point and doing regular debate at others.
     
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    The Net's sensibilities mirror the sensibilities of the people.

    We are a nation divided by differences of opinion about what we want for our nation.

    That's fairly obvious if you come to places like this.
     
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    And it's been like that since the beginning of time. There's nothing new about any of this.
     
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    oh the irony! the irony.

    :lol:
     
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    Stating the obvious again?

    What is interesting is that like the good old days of the republic, news and information is more and more being filtered through partisan mouthpieces. If only people today knew how hysterical and down right nasty the early national battles were. By the mid 20th century we had come a long way with media. It may have had a small slant towards what I call the middle left, news and information was not really partisan and driven by ideology.

    I'm not really complaining. I love a good show. The American debate is becoming more and more like a circus act and I would love to be a Ring Leader waiting in teh wings to announce the next freak show act.



    drum roll please.......................................



    ...

    :lol:
     
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    We're not ignorant about "Progressives" you people are fucking retards and we call you on it
     
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    yes, but we are going backwards. sometimes we go two forward and one backwards and sometimes we go....

    :lol:
     
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    you silly little man, never have I said nice thing about a Progressive here.

    did you forget to take your meds this morning?
     

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