THE best headline this year.

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Tells you everything you need to know about the success of the state propaganda machine.
Tabloids are not part of the state propaganda machine, and they are definitely the cause of these misconceptions.
 
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I'm sadly disappointed, I thought this would be a headline announcing Tony Blair had been diagnosed with a terminal illness...sigh!
 
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Sadly these myths have all been so entrenched that it's almost impossible to bust them. People LIKE being angry about these things, just watch the way the thread will go.

Unfortunately these people have a vote, people who are all too keen to be outraged about stuff but not interested in looking into things to get an accurate picture about what they are actually outraged about.


Look at the latest one. BRUSSELS TELLS BRITISH GOVERNMENT IT CAN'T LOCK PEADOES UP FOREVER AND EVER... Well no, Brussels said there should maybe be a possibility for a review of individuals cases, depending on the situation.
 
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Sadly these myths have all been so entrenched that it's almost impossible to bust them. People LIKE being angry about these things, just watch the way the thread will go.

Unfortunately these people have a vote, people who are all too keen to be outraged about stuff but not interested in looking into things to get an accurate picture about what they are actually outraged about.


Look at the latest one. BRUSSELS TELLS BRITISH GOVERNMENT IT CAN'T LOCK PEADOES UP FOREVER AND EVER... Well no, Brussels said there should maybe be a possibility for a review of individuals cases, depending on the situation.
Papers know headlines such as this sell papers...

[h=1]49 monsters given hope of freedom by the European Court of Human Rights: They're the UK's most notorious killers... now they can seek parole[/h]
Any guesses which paper that came from?

And to reinforce the point they print a nice picture that says bully murdering thug.

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The general public are being played and the sad fact is 90% of them don't even realise it.
 
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The general public are being played and the sad fact is 90% of them don't even realise it.
The even sadder fact is that our political leaders don't have the balls to stand up to tabloid myths and set the record straight, they are more likely to get votes if they play into the fears of the people.

The thing is, most people know our papers are full of shite, but if something is constantly repeated at you it ends up sticking at the back of your mind.
 
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people believe what they want to believe.

It's why they buy either the Mail or the Guardian and never the twain..... They report, broadly, the same news.
 
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It is to my eternal shame that my parents, although both successful and intelligent people, both read the Mail, and believe it's shit.

The amount of arguments that we have had along the lines of:

Mum: Did you see the latest story about whatever in the paper?
Me: No mum, I'm not a racist, hypocritical sheep.
Mum: Well it said this about this person / what he did etc etc.
Me: No that's not true, the Mail as usual has twisted the facts to jerk knees of middle England. Here is what actually happened.....points to details available elsewhere.
Mum: Well.....I still think it happened / he did it...etc etc.
Me: Facepalm
 
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The general public are being played and the sad fact is 90% of them don't even realise it.
The irony.

Anyway, the article talks about 10 misconceptions in order to show that the public gets nearly everything wrong.

In fact, most people think . . .
 
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I'm sure that the internet has a large part to play in people's misconceptions. How many people have posted about Starbucks and every time someone does how many believe it? They then go to another forum and further propagate the myth.

One thing I have noticed is that on Facebook and other social media the ones that seem to forward myths and propaganda, especially against minorities, are resident outside of the country. Is this perhaps because they don't have their everyday experience of living here to fall back on or is it a willingness to believe the worst about their former country in order to further self-justify their original decision to leave?

If you keep seeing the Starbucks post or the Mosque Poppies post then it becomes easier to believe it without investigating it further because it is seen so often and quite often you see it reposted by people whose opinions you trust. You just know it's true because you see it so often and no-one seems to challenge it.
 
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People just want to be absolved of responsibility or to put the blame for their perceived shitty lives on the shoulders of someone else.

Hence talking utter twaddle.

I can think of a few places that are worse for it than Facebook.
 
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What a load of rubbish
If you actually read the article then you will see that, as usual, they have picked the statistics that back up their utter utter shite of a story.

26% believe what ever so that means 74% didn't think that way but this is of course not mentioned.

Even more media bollocks that you can't take seriously.
 
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Facebook has been a bit of an eye opener for me within the wide circle of people I know.

Never believed some of them held such extreme views or were just generally not news aware. and how they are being manipulated to form the views they have.

Quite clearly some of them are having trouble getting to grips with the privacy issues facebook throws up and post anything with a view only their close friends will see it.

As we are already seeing FB is becoming a useful tool for potential employers to be able to vet job applicants.
 
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