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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    How liberating it must be for those people who do not have any opinions of their own to instead fixate upon a random newspaper or person and wonder "What do they say?" then take the diametrically opposite position. If contrary evidence were not before us on these boards then I'd suspect it would free their brains up to do a lot of great and useful thinking about interesting and important things.

  2. MonMothma

    MonMothma Lead commenter

    I doubt many people have no opinions on anything but decide to take the diametrically opposite view of what a certain newspaper thinks.

    I do think there are people whose opinions are informed by what papers they read because that paper is generally in line with their thinking and humans like to read things that agree with them.

    Confirmation bias and all that.
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    How liberating it must be to be arrogant, patronising and convinced that you are always right. I am not sure that the source used to justify an inflexible position is relevant.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    My Grandad was once seen reading The Daily Express in his workplace, and one of his workmates challenged him about it. "What are you reading the Express for Jack? You're a socialist" he asked. My Grandad looked up and calmly replied "I want to know what the enemy's thinking".
  5. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Newspapers are slowly in decline at least hard copies ... maybe online versions will remain important but in my experience I don’t even read them any more. They are mostly Establishment pro celebrity/Royals rubbish so becoming if not irrelevant.
  6. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I don't agree with much in the Daily Mail or Fox News....;)
  7. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    I enjoy reading the paper and doing the puzzles. Domestic news of the neighbours-go-to-court-over-lawsuit-cypresses kind is always fun, so I buy the torygraph.

    I am 63 years old and of sound mind. I am not a tory.
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  8. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    I forgive you then!!;):)
  9. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Does anyone normal?!!!!
  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Forgive me, but I do find that patronizing.
    I'm sure that wasn't your intention, but you've posted using words about "people on these boards", of which we are many, but actually created a post more about yourself.
  11. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    You're too early. I'm doing the post about people who criticise others without reading their posts next week. The post about people who misquote will be January at the earliest.
    bevdex and sabrinakat like this.
  12. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

    The conviction ot the people who murdered Stephen Lawrence was a result. Agree or disagree?
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  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    As was bringing down the Macmillan government.
  14. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I can't think of a single poster/newspaper/pundit/commentator or website whose opinion I would either automatically support or oppose.
    But then I reckon the same is true of the vast majority on here.
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  15. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Does that mean that you read it all then.
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  16. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


    Ted Nugent?
    He's let himself go a bit
  17. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


  18. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I don't automatically oppose anyone without at least checking what they've said first Scint.
    I used to but it is too easy to be led astray by pre-existing bias
  19. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    I read (online) newspapers with a variety of political stances: the Guardian, Independent, BBC, Fox News, Telegraph, HuffPost, and others. I don't read The Daily Mail, Express or Mirror because I find their viewpoints offensive and life is too short to deliberately provoke myself into frothing lunacy first thing in the morning. I also avoid right wing news outlets that are neo-Nazi (e.g. Breitbart). I would also rather avoid Richard Littlejohn unless every single other writer on the planet disappeared all at the same time. But I will, and do, read pretty much everything else as otherwise I'd only ever confirm my own views. For example, I'm not a big supporter or Jacob Rees-Mogg's personal policies but I knew he hadn't said foodbanks were a good thing because I read several stories on what he'd said and it was clear that he said it was the charitable nature of volunteers and food-givers that he liked.
  20. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    When can we expect the post about posters who comment about others not reading their post every time anyone disagrees with them?
    Flere-Imsaho and zizzyballoon like this.

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