How do certain forms of media penetrate groupthink more easily than others?

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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.

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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.

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Why do links in news stories only look for more news stories?

Question by Susan C: Why do links in news stories only look for more news stories?
Why do links in news stories only look for more news stories about the linked item, rather than send you to real reasources? For example, a link in a story about an earthquake in Peru is to the US Geological Survey. It would be much more useful to be able to click on the link and go to the USGS web site, rather than have a useless link that looks for more stories about the USGS. Similarly, a link for Peru or Lima in the story would be more useful for people if they would find non-news related items and web sites, rather than just other stories.

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Answer by joe4912004
Most of the news agencies are trying to create the news instead of just reporting it. We are a polarized nation between the Bush haters and the ones who like him. The major newspapers around the country are leftists and many of the talk radio shows are rightists. Each have the ratings to contend with and will say or do anything for those ratings which translate into advertising dollars. Follow the money sonny.

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