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07 February 2006 @ 05:11 pm
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People these days are easily misled, especially with the influence of things like these online diaries, journals, what-have-you. Normalcy consists in the constant realisation that not everything typed up on the Internet is real; anyone can enjoy conjuring up whatever they feel like while having the luxury of hiding behind a pseudonym. Most of the so-called information found on blogs is based on speculation and hearsay.

If you're not catching the drift straight away, you're in luck. There's an example of this right on your television. Like the Internet, it is easily accessible to you. It's called Fox News.
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Shadow Magnet: molepapavic on February 8th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)

technologial advances create more information streams and thus more GIGO. they also increase the amount of real information available for the discerning consciousness. the credulous will always be with us, and their appetite for crap is insatiable.
droid_1 on February 8th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
All the news is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and they only report what he says to report.
Von Enemy: G-Globalvonenemy on February 8th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
thats why i dont watch tv... but i need my free porn and trojan viruses damnit...
forever bang kinky bangglaineacht on February 8th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)

will you be online this evening?

Brandy: directionbrandelyn on February 8th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)

I am here now. But where are you?
forever bang kinky bangglaineacht on February 8th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
one moment.
almarotaalmarota on February 8th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
*yawn* old news...

did you know (and you probably do judging from your comment), that most "research" studies on the news are based on correlational studies. Correlational studies DO NOT determine causation but merely the relationship between two variables. However, this type of study is extremely susceptible to the 3rd variable problem ex. they might say that violent videogames cause children to be violent... but in correlational study the direction is hard to determine. Maybe violent kids seek out violent videogames, or maybe there's a chance that a third variable exists that effects both. Maybe apathy or hyper leniancy in parents leads to high violence levels and playing violent videogames.

Although the so called scientific methods of research have their flaws, and biases. It's important to understand studies to be able to critisize them.

My interest lies in how boys are socialized. We take the differences between boys and girls as fact. When in fact many of the qualities we attribute to boys (strenght, aggression, high abilities in math, and being able to picture and manipulate 3d objects) are in fact abilities that may result due to socialization. Take strength for example.. without doing a study of any sort you can just look at the semiotics and the meaning of the word "srength". Srength usually refers to upper body strength, which men tend to be stronger at (but not always), what if we defined strength as lower body strength? Well, you'd find that women tend to have higher lower body strength. Gender is fluid, sex is what is actually biological (but not always, we still see some variability there).

for some more interesting info check out, "How to lie using statistics"

But don't take my word for it.. parum pum

p.s. despite all of this, i love the idea of the wikipedia. As long as you keep in mind that all the information on there can be misleading, it's no more misleading than an american history book or the news. So yeah, i guess i disagree with that penny-arcade person. It's weird that he seeks something higher up to verify the information, that there should be fact... info is fluid, interpretations vary, crap......

information processing theory argues that what we see is pieces that add up to an object, where as gestalt psychologists argue that the whole is different from it's parts.

pro choice
pro bilingual immersion
just cuz you believe in a strong family doesn't mean your not independent.. they are not mutually exclusive
I'm glad that the wow people are getting heat about the gay ban on their servers
I find people that still say "that's gay" very immature and well, disrespectful
I like peanut butter m&ms
I want to update my psp, but don't know how

wooo I have too much on my mind, but at least i got half of it out.


faeryboots on February 8th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
the good news network is pretty uplifting!
dot dot dot: funnyagentelrond on February 8th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
I often wonder what bothers them more (if it bothers them at all) about being called "Faux News:"

the implication that what they're reporting isn't true;


the fact that a French word is used.