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  •  Come on. No one gets brainwashed... (2+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan, Don midwest

    ...unless they allow themselves to be.  I knew the deficit fears, debt-is-bad meme and austerity obsessions were bullshit years before they were questioned by most.

    Because I was thinking for myself.


    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:28:43 AM PST

    •  I would say that it's a more of a (6+ / 0-)

      passive acceptance of the dominant theme heard on the media. If the media keeps telling us about the fiscal cliff, there has to be some truth to it doesn't there?

      If I turn my tv off and look around my community, it becomes readily apparent that there has been no economic recovery. But all that noise thrown at us everyday does interpret.

      For example, I just read on the internet yesterday that the economy is great because S&P went over 1,500. There is so much info that is thrown at us everyday that sometimes we don't believe our own eyes. It becomes easier to believe that things ARE getting better, it just hasn't trickled down to my neighborhood yet.

    •  Sadly that is not the case. (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Sychotic1, dov12348
      Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.[Note 1][1] People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. For example, in reading about current political issues, people usually prefer sources that affirm their existing attitudes. They also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).
      What that essentially means is that people can brainwash themselves without knowing they are doing it.  In a media market dominated by corporate views people will then begin to accept those views as truth since those views come from multiple sources and do not conflict. Some people are of course, more immune than others, but it does happen to far too many people.
    •  Goody for you. Most people are busy (4+ / 0-)

      coping with their day-to-day affairs, including job, family relations, basic human social activities, etc -- in fact the vast majority of people --  and are just too busy to be questioning everything all day long.

      If an idea is constantly stated in the background, and it goes unchallenged, then people accept it as fact. And why not? Everyone else seems to.

      Not everyone has the psychological makeup which drives them to examine all they hear. In fact, that's a tiny minority. Always has been, always will.

      In 1930s Germany, all the media reporting on the Concentration Camps showed happy smiling workers, who finally were abandoning their lay-about habits and discovering the Joys of Work. The German people thought this a good thing.

      In 1930s Soviet Union, people were continually hearing of how much progress was being made toward a true egalitarian society. When Stalin died, tens of millions mourned their Benevolent Father's passing. Even though they had lived through Terror after Terror.

      Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

      by Jim P on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:43:43 AM PST

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