Archive for July 2nd, 2011

How Fox “news” manipulates its viewers

| July 2, 2011 | Reply
How Fox “news” manipulates its viewers

Here is a comprehensive list of the techniques Fox News uses to manipulate its viewers, compliments of Dr. Cynthia Boaz. It seems to me that responsible thinkers would anticipate these techniques, recognize them and turn this drivel off.

Here is the list of techniques, but I would highly recommend visiting the main article for clear explanations of each.

1. Panic Mongering.
2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem.
3. Projection/Flipping.
4. Rewriting History.
5. Scapegoating/Othering.
6. Conflating Violence With Power and Opposition to Violence With Weakness.
7. Bullying.
8. Confusion.
9. Populism.
10. Invoking the Christian God.
11. Saturation.
12. Disparaging Education.
13. Guilt by Association.
14. Diversion.

I freely admit that FOX News is not the only “news” channel that employs these techniques–I’ve seen most of these used on other networks, though FOX is famous for proudly using these techniques.

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Republican firecrackers

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Republican firecrackers

From Huffpo:

Children who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to identify themselves as Republicans later in life, a new Harvard University study finds. [T]here is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” they write.

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Pretending to be one’s self.

| July 2, 2011 | Reply
Pretending to be one’s self.

Here’s what happened when pop singer Jewel went to a karaoke bar incognito. You’ll enjoy watching this prank, which was all in good fun. The fans recognized a good voice when they heard it. It’s a different result from when concert violinist Joshua Bell played in the subway station.

BTW, here’s Jewel performing “Who Will Save Your Soul?”

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Abraham Lincoln’s PowerPoint for the Gettysburg Address

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Abraham Lincoln’s PowerPoint for the Gettysburg Address

This is a clever parody of the way Lincoln would have used PowerPoint to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Just click the “Click Here to Start” link, then click your way through. Simple as that.

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