Sunday, August 21, 2011

Did the Media Create the Tea Party?

If you come across an argument that is contrary to your beliefs, but it is not persuasive enough to make you change your mind, that argument actually strengthens your beliefs. It's analogous to a weakened virus vaccine--since it's not enough to kill you, it makes you more resistant to the real deal.

From the media I read, I'm strongly exposed to the left wing perspective, but remain right wing. The "arguments" presented in the media are insufficiently persuasive, so they are instead reinforcing my beliefs. Moving from the specific to the general, if this is happening to me, it's happening to the population at large. The "liberal bias" of the media is reinforcing, dare I say radicalizing, the right wing.

Therefore, the media's liberal bias created the Tea Party.


Blogger Noumenon said...

The media's been around for decades, and conservatives have been not being convinced by it. So either a) the Tea Party is not new, and is just a name for the same old conservatives (my view), or b) it was probably Fox News (since that is new).

9:04 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

It could still be accurate, as the media has greater penetration than earlier, or it just took a while for it to achieve critical mass.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

The mainstream media has much less penetration now, because of the fragmented audience compared to the big three networks in the '60s. No program gets that kind of share now. Specific direct-to-partisan channels are what's penetrating more now.

There could be an Internet effect similar to how furries became a movement based on finding out there were enough other people like them out there that they started to feel normal (sorry for the rather insulting comparison).

4:40 AM  

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