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Old 04-07-2020, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Raymond James Stadium, FL
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I ended up in this forum due to Covid-19 information seeking. I currently have it, but I am getting better. I have to say that I am shocked at all the political talking points being thrown back and forth, much with little or no actual facts behind them. That is not limited to just one side. I have to ask and this is a serious question, as I am a human behavior buff. Do the posters think they are making a positive difference with what they post? Do they think they stand even the slightest chance of convincing someone else to change their mind? Are the posts simply repeating talking points only there to yell louder than the other person? I can see having an intelligent, fact based discussion of any number of issues. What I don't understand is a bunch of adults screaming over each other and tossing out blatantly false talking points from both sides. What am I missing? Is there more to the story? Help me understand?

 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:22 PM
 
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Hang around a bit longer, you'll get it....

Do the posters think they are making a positive difference with what they post? NO

Do they think they stand even the slightest chance of convincing someone else to change their mind? NO

Are the posts simply repeating talking points only there to yell louder than the other person? YES

Generally it's people having a chance to spout off without any repercussions....where else can ya do that?

Hope you feel better!
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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I'm an anarchist.

All my posts are apolitical.

 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:32 PM
 
Location: SE Asia
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Woody01 View Post
Hang around a bit longer, you'll get it....

Do the posters think they are making a positive difference with what they post? NO

Do they think they stand even the slightest chance of convincing someone else to change their mind? NO

Are the posts simply repeating talking points only there to yell louder than the other person? YES

Generally it's people having a chance to spout off without any repercussions....where else can ya do that?

Hope you feel better!
Pretty much this ^ says it all.
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Probably not making a difference, but it allows me an outlet to write down what I think and bounce it off of others and see if it still makes sense.

I don't think people change their mind much on forums. They just test their theories, and hone their arguments.

If there's a benefit, it's that everyone here is a willing participant, and many families have been spared hearing a lot of unwanted grief because of this outlet.
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:37 PM
 
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Clearly not.
Otherwise the world would be a better place.
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Diana Holbrook View Post
Probably not making a difference, but it allows me an outlet to write down what I think and bounce it off of others and see if it still makes sense.

I don't think people change their mind much on forums. They just test their theories, and hone their arguments.

If there's a benefit, it's that everyone here is a willing participant, and many families have been spared because of this outlet.
If you find yourself agreeing with me, it's time to rethink your stance.

 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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lol - if you actually were a "human nature buff", you wouldn't have to ask those questions. It is well know that, in the history of the internet, no one has ever changed their mind because of something posted on a forum, about anything. Nada. Zip.
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:41 PM
 
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Originally Posted by TB12inTB2020 View Post
I ended up in this forum due to Covid-19 information seeking. I currently have it, but I am getting better. I have to say that I am shocked at all the political talking points being thrown back and forth, much with little or no actual facts behind them. That is not limited to just one side. I have to ask and this is a serious question, as I am a human behavior buff. Do the posters think they are making a positive difference with what they post? Do they think they stand even the slightest chance of convincing someone else to change their mind? Are the posts simply repeating talking points only there to yell louder than the other person? I can see having an intelligent, fact based discussion of any number of issues. What I don't understand is a bunch of adults screaming over each other and tossing out blatantly false talking points from both sides. What am I missing? Is there more to the story? Help me understand?
No
 
Old 04-07-2020, 07:48 PM
 
33,329 posts, read 12,634,208 times
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Diana Holbrook View Post
Probably not making a difference, but it allows me an outlet to write down what I think and bounce it off of others and see if it still makes sense.

I don't think people change their mind much on forums. They just test their theories, and hone their arguments.

If there's a benefit, it's that everyone here is a willing participant, and many families have been spared hearing a lot of unwanted grief because of this outlet.
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