Question by : How do certain forms of media penetrate groupthink more easily than others?
For example, anything that you read in an official textbook will warp your beliefs around its content much more so than a news article or an essay (at least in the majority of my observations). People do not seem to change their minds about certain beliefs unless the medium has some “authoritative” property (whether it is our assumptions on the category of the medium or the brand name attached to it.)
Merely a fun brain-teaser. Any thoughts are welcome as it is not a completely serious question.
Answer by Arthur Norton It’s quite an interesting one.
I have experienced first hand news journalists twisting the truth so am aware of this, I am also aware to look for qualifications or the persons background when reading textbooks too. However I am not everyone.
I think in general it is feasible that some people may say words to the effect of this is true the (insert random professional organization) says so. It doesn’t make the person any less, I believe it may because they have to research the subject for whatever reason but don’t really hold much interest in it to seek the truth.
This is not to say that qualified people can’t be wrong I think we are just playing the odds, if somebody has studied a subject for 6 years and been practised in it for 10 they are more likely to be accurate than the news, as the news’ purpose is to sell advertising space or papers or something. I think some journalists start out seeking truth but all the major employers are corporations with corporate agendas.
To summarise I think some subjects don’t spark enough interest in some groups so they will take the opinion of the highest qualified as truth. If you have the interest in a subject you will pursue the truth.
Question by xxOBLIVION: In the News: Any situation where someone complains about a problem, rather than act to solve it?
I need help finding some news, magazine, etc. articles about a real life situation where someone or some people complain about a problem, rather than doing something to solve it. They either start ignoring the problem or rely on other to solve it for them.
It’d be great if it was a deep, tragic story.
I also need an opposite story about when someone does act to solve a problem and something good happens, etc.
Answer by thomas p Boone Pickens is investing a large amount of money in a wind project in a mid-west corridor. The idea is replace natural gas which meets the standards for a clean fuel by the vast majority of environmental people and generate electricity with wind. With nuclear power to follow to generate more electrical power. The nat gas will go to powering trucks, autos, so-called mobile energy. Pickens has set aside $ 58 million of his own money to advertise his plan which is at PickensPlan.com. T. Boone is an 80 year old man with no need for money and by a recent MRI study find Mr. Pickens has the brain of a 55 year old. He has the only practical plan. I feel his efforts meet your criteria for problem solving in a ocean of negativity.
Question by cparkmi331: How many people think that the media is pushing agendas rather than reporting the news?
I believe so. The only news channel I watch is FNC because they seem pretty good at reporting the news.
Answer by janice h Oh yeah and the media drags the democrat party along behind it.
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Question by caltam84: When I watch the news, why does bad news seem to sell more than good news?
When I watch the news, there is more bad news than good news. I would love more good news than bad news. Unfortunately, this won’t likely happen. Of course, no one likes to deal with the bad news.
But why does bad news seem more advertising and sell more? I really don’t get this.
Answer by Simon Because most good news poses no problems. People don’t really care to hear a story on the thousands that graduated high school/college this past year. Or of the thousands that left the hospital with a clean bill of health. Or that one person, who was struggling on house payments now all of a sudden can make it.
In those — there are no problems. Nothing to be solved/resolved. You mention something about Iran building weapons — people can start forming opinions. You talk about politics, and people can try to figure it all out. News acts more like a puzzle. It informs you, and then you get to play with it.
You start trying to deal out “good” news — people will lose interest. There is very little thought provoking aspects to good news. It is also relevant to the situation. China agreeing to sanctions on North Korea is “good” news — but most won’t see it like that.
If you want “good news” — you can always read the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I’m told they’re supposed to be uplifting.
Question by werqwed: Are there any usenet service providers that are better than Easynews?
The main reason I really like Easynews is because of their great search options and overall user interface. Is there any USP out there with an unlimited gig pricing option that has the same type of user friendly interface as well as search options? Thanks.
Answer by xsil0 I dont know but I love easy news as well. Its a little complicated to get into global search, but other than that Ive been more than happy with it…. specially since you can see screen shots 😉