some Obamians cancelled Bartcop
This seems to relate to why you are getting cancellations
and slanders over how you are "sliming" Obama.
Even a hint of criticism will send the
true believer off the deep end. Really sad.
Skin of Apple Fans
by Dan Mitchell
In his new book, "True Enough: Learning to Live
in a Post-Fact Society," Farhad Manjoo,
a writer for Salon, argues that "new communications
technologies are loosening the culture's grip
on what people once called 'objective reality.'
In an excerpt posted this week, he looks at an
area where facts often become particularly slippery,
specifically perceived bias in the news media
against, of all things, a technology company: Apple.
"Last year," Mr. Manjoo writes, "I praised the
iPhone in something of the way Romeo praised Juliet:
The device, I said, is revolutionary - 'it marks
a new way of life. One day we'll all have iPhones,
or things that aim to do what this first one
does, and your life will be better for it.' "
But because he mentioned that the phone was a
bit pricey, "several readers alleged
that I was an Apple-hater." One wrote him to
ask, "Does Salon actually pay you or
are you being paid under the table by rival companies?"
Anybody who has ever written about Apple products
will tell the same story - introducing even a hint
of negativity into a review or article will bring
down the wrath of Apple's most fanatical fans.
What explains this?
Mr. Manjoo cites a study (a pdf is available
here) by Robert P. Vallone, Lee Ross and Mark R. Lepper,
psychologists at Stanford in 1985. That study
measured perceptions of media bias relating to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. People who held
strong opinions on the conflict going in were more apt
to perceive bias in news accounts. Pro-Palestinian
subjects saw a pro-Israel bias, and vice versa.
When "a reporter, editor, news network, or pundit
mentions the other side's arguments, it stings,"
Mr. Manjoo writes. "Psychologists call this the
'hostile media phenomenon,' and it goes far in
explaining how both Apple and PC folks can see
the opposite bias in the same news story."
I guess some Obama fans (if there are any left at this point) might
read this and go crazy and unsubscribe,
but I'm getting damn tired of tip-toeing around on my own page. Good
thing we're almost at the end of this war, eh?
I'm not going to make it all the way to Pennsylvania.
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