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Political bias affects brain activity

Hits: 5324 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: buddy
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ksig383
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 18 Posts
Sunday, February 19, 2006 2:59:57 AM
Sorry to double post, but Cobrabite you are right on regarding this issue.

ksig383
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 18 Posts
Sunday, February 19, 2006 2:55:23 AM
This is what I have known for years. It is also one reason why I try to remain neutral on most political issues until the actual facts come out. I personally consider myself a moderate with a shift more towards the conservate. When I say conservative I mean on social issues. The American political system tends to refer to democrats as "liberal" and republicans as "conservative" but this only appies to social issues. For instance economically I have seen tha that democrats seem to be more "conservative" and republicans more "liberal".

azurll
Female, 18-29, Canada
 41 Posts
Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:49:21 PM
What I really want to know is, unless you own a business or are affiliated with a corporation-why on earth would you ever vote republican? And, I thought the Republicans were all about keeping government out of people's lives-less is more , so why then is the current government spying on its own people? And just one more thing; if true conservatism is about being fiscal why the hell is the country almost 500billion in debt? Reasons to ponder why one is conservative.. Oh and at 13-17, sorry you have the opinion of your parents, this is why you are not leagally allowed to vote. Study the issues before blindly following the pack-please.

damoo
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 293 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 1:03:58 AM
My area of the brain that deals with negative emotions is too big!

Cobrabite
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 21 Posts
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:57:13 AM
Wow...suprisingly calm debate in here. I like it. Anyways its hard to give a totally unbiased report because to some extent you are biased. Thats why I watch daily show and several other news stations for information. And yes I know the daily show doesn't count as real news, but I like the fact that, liberal as most of the veiws are, they'll critisize anyone's stupidity and oftain bring up information others neglected in their stories.

Indigo_M
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 354 Posts
Sunday, February 12, 2006 6:00:47 PM
rosie51391, I sort of agree with you. Still, I think people who are obsessed with celebrities are pathetic and need to live lives of their own. At least studying politics keeps you interested in something that actually has an effect on your life.

rosie51391
Female, 13-17, Western US
 258 Posts
Saturday, February 11, 2006 9:45:13 PM
ah and yet another reason why i hate politics. it seems that most people are either getting sucked into celebrity lives or are yelling about a point that deals with politics. either way this cant be good for our halth mentally or physically >.<

Baelzar
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1384 Posts
Saturday, February 11, 2006 7:42:31 PM
The mainstream media can most definitely show bias.

They can decide which stories to highlight, and which to quash.

They can decide which words or phrases to use to describe certain people or groups.

They can allow their reporters leeway when describing an event.

Watch any newscast; could the reporter have presented it differently, thereby altering the tone of the story?


aliencase
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 65 Posts
Saturday, February 11, 2006 5:40:01 PM
I have essentially given up on the American News Media because it is biased at all. I am conservative and I actually agree with this article. Even as I look back I can see me doing this

LKJSlain
Female, 18-29, Western US
 649 Posts
Saturday, February 11, 2006 3:10:23 AM
I actually didn't read the article, and I admit to that. I DO know what it said though. But, actually my comment was for someone else. It was stating an observation, not really commenting on the article. Sorry for the confusion.

Gmoney3847
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 15 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 9:42:57 PM
this is why I don't really watch the news, or when I do, I don't watch just one station all the time.
personally, I prefer the Daily Show

buddy
Male, 30-39, Western US
 18663 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 8:15:01 PM
If we could get rid of the Republicans and Democrats the country would be a better place. Non partisans rule.

farquaadhnch
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1224 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 7:39:17 PM
So this explains why the political debates on this site always revert, almost immedeatley, to name calling and slanted half-truths.

I'm going to say it for the 5th time, GW was right.


KnightmareOH
Male, 18-29, Western US
 288 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 7:29:39 PM
This article is recent but the theoretical underpinnings have been around for decades, about as long as "ingroup/outgroup" theory has been present. Social psychologists show that its even worse than "ignoring facts". People will cherry-pick the type of information that they will believe. Often claiming that reports disconfirming their personal validations are in fact "biased reports".

For example someone might claim that the media is biased and then use that "information" to cherry pick what they wish to believe about the world around them. Its psychologically similiar to bigotry, in that if you hate jews then any information that disconfirms your views of jews automatically gets thrown into a category of "biased reporting". This is where all the ideas of "liberal media" or "gay agenda" is thrown at us. Facts cannot be biased, opinions can. And one would be hard pressed to find opinion related material in the mai


thecranberry
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 728 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 7:15:45 PM
^love the pic. anyway, im thinking the media is indeed slanted in a liberal bias for this period of time, because the president is conservative. are you going to watch the news if every day all they say is
"and the president makes some mistakes, but hes doing a great job over all. back to you tom."
the point of the media is to inform the public, and they are human. its the reason communism fails, its the reason the news is biased. humans arent perfect. who gives half a crap about media bias. just go to multiple sources if you are that concerned about the truth.
by the way, im overall VERY liberal. so don't think my admitance that the media is slanted towards liberals is biased in of itself.

theshark350
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 430 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 6:28:00 PM
I get it, if the government doesn't babysit the people, were in trouble. But I mean more people should realize we have more serious problems than whether or not gay marriage should be allowed (and we should all know better than to expect the government to do more than talk about it)

Indigo_M
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 354 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 6:20:26 PM
theshark350, you are correct that America is not a democracy. It is a democratic republic. It is democratic in the sense that a direct popular vote is used in local matters, and it is a republic because we elect representatives who vote for us in national issues.

You may think moral beliefs are taken too seriously, but I think they are in danger. I'm no fanatic about gay marriage, religion, or abortion, but I don't want America to turn into another Europe.


theshark350
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 430 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 5:50:24 PM
well, I'm a moderate and proud of it. I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. neither party actually does anything. We need to reform many things, to many to count, that nobody ever talks about, but I certainly hear enough rants of about gay marriage and abortion. oh, and the war. also the whole system is not fair to third parties (guess who runs it). and most of the people who commit to a party are just concerned with some spefic moral belief. Morals and ethics are not the problem of the government. Also I just have to mention that I hate Americans who fiercly maintain that they live in a democracy. I'm surrounded by idiots.
(sorry for the rant there, it was a bit longer than I planned...)

Indigo_M
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 354 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 5:49:11 PM
Twist 13, I agree, lolakitty72 is a fountain of wit and refreshing humor.

Indigo_M
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 354 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 5:47:27 PM
SPrinkZ, you're obviously in denial. The vast majority of the press is liberal. The press is overwhelmingly liberal and it proves it every day. The libs have NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, and most major newspapers, most notably the New York Times. Conservatives can trust only FoxNews, some newspapers, and a growing number of internet sources. The vast majority of the press has voted for every Democratic presidential candidate in the last half century.

Twist_13
Male, 70 & Over, Midwest US
 69 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 2:40:41 PM
On 2/10/2006 2:35:47 AM lolakitty72 wrote: How is this news? Politicians ignoring facts AND logic...this just in: fire is hot, water is wet

That is one of the funniest things said on here in a long time! LOL!!


SPrinkZ
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2241 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 2:06:31 PM
The conservatives have all of the media, what are you talking about? Only Jon Stewart hasn't bent to it (and he's not even a real news caster is he?)

lol...


Doppel
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 75 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 2:06:17 PM
buddy, I can see why one would think FoxNews is biased because of the number of conservatives hosting shows on it, but I find that they report news about both Republicans and Democrats. The people might be conservative, but the news, as far as I know, is generally objective.

As for MSNBC, I suspected a liberal slant rather than the conservative one you detect. You say the media overall is balanced, but I disagree. The reason conservatives dominate the radio is ratings. Radio personalities are heard on more stations if they get high enough ratings from listeners. TV news and newspapers do not operate the same way, so there is more of a monopoly.


buddy
Male, 30-39, Western US
 18663 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 1:55:43 PM
I think the idea of the liberal press is starting to get outdated. Fox News is the #1 news network in the US by a long shot, and is biased in the conservative direction. MSNBC is also conservative. On the other side, you have CNN and the networks. Seems to be pretty balanced. The liberals have newspapers on their sides to be sure, but the conservatives have radio.

Doppel
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 75 Posts
Friday, February 10, 2006 1:47:46 PM
ugh, I got cut off. Anyway, I was saying that I think suspicion of lying by the press motivates Republicans' bias.

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