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Surprising threat to democracy: our brains

In Media Literacy, Politics, Psychology, Research on July 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

This has much to do with my research agenda—how partisans perceive news stories. It also shows how human cognition and emotion interplay in news consumption. It is interesting to see how self-esteem and directness plays a role in hostile media perception. Both supply-side approach based on shame-based solution and demand-side approach, possibly based on media literacy, should be jointly planted in reducing partisan news consumption.

 

An interesting quote:

“It’s unclear what is driving the behavior — it could range from simple defensiveness, to people working harder to defend their initial beliefs — but as Nyhan dryly put it, “It’s hard to be optimistic about the effectiveness of fact-checking.” 

How facts backfire – The Boston Globe

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  1. Interesting article. One of the main problems is, many people have opinions that aren’t based on reality, so facts are irrelevant to their opinions.

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