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    People Who Know How the News Is Made Resist Conspiratorial Thinking

    https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/1...orial-thinking

    Conspiracy theories, like the world being flat or the Moon landings faked, have proven notoriously difficult to stomp out. Add a partisan twist to the issue, and the challenge becomes even harder. Even near the end of his second term, barely a quarter of Republicans were willing to state that President Obama was born in the U.S. If we're seeking to have an informed electorate, then this poses a bit of a problem. But a recent study suggests a very simple solution helps limit the appeal of conspiracy theories: news media literacy. This isn't knowledge of the news, per se, but knowledge of the companies and processes that help create the news. While the study doesn't identify how the two are connected, its authors suggest that an understanding of the media landscape helps foster a healthy skepticism.

    [...] "Despite popular conceptions," the authors point out, "[conspiratorial thinking] is not the sole province of the proverbial nut-job." When mixed in with the sort of motivated reasoning that ideology can, well, motivate, crazed ideas can become relatively mainstream. Witness the number of polls that indicated the majority of Republicans thought Obama wasn't born in the U.S., even after he shared his birth certificate. While something that induces a healthy skepticism of information sources might be expected to help with this, it's certainly not guaranteed, as motivated reasoning has been shown to be capable of overriding education and knowledge on relevant topics.

    [...] As a whole, the expected connection held up: "for both conservatives and liberals, more knowledge of the news media system related to decreased endorsement of liberal conspiracies." And, conversely, the people who did agree with conspiracy theories tended to know very little about how the news media operated.
    Yet, what has happened in our world is nothing short of a real conspiracy.
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    Lol, what a tool.. sounds like some kind of joke to me.
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    Why does anyone think Obummer was born in the US ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    Why does anyone think Obummer was born in the US ?
    Its probably the same concept on why people think there is an island of binomo it sounds enough like bimini I guess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikcers View Post
    Its probably the same concept on why people think there is an island of binomo it sounds enough like bimini I guess?
    The end of Atlantis is off the coast of Bimini . Oyarde is King of Binomo .

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    Why does anyone think Obummer was born in the US ?
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    Ars Technica? Who taught them how the "news is made"? The admission its made - as in hand-picked, or imagined, by people with agendas - is mud in their face. More like Arse Technician.






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    So either the entire media believed the Russia election conspiracy, and this hypothesis holds no water at all, or the entire media was intentionally lying. Or does this hypothesis not count when it comes to the media itself, especially when they are pushing false conspiracy propaganda?
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