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(Popular Science)   Scientists find that comments on websites shape public opinion and public opinion shapes public policy. Still no cure for Congress   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, shape public opinion, web sites, scientists, study design, University of Wisconsin-Madison, human body, ad hominem attacks, cure  
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526 clicks; posted to Geek » on 24 Sep 2013 at 3:39 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-09-24 02:22:39 PM  
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See!  I told you posting random derp on Fark was not a total waste of time.  Only a complete moran who can't count up to potato would disagree.
2013-09-24 05:25:28 PM  
1 vote:

Your crazy if you don't think a lot of trolls aren't being paid to troll ... There is a whole industry around it.

Wait, what?  I thought people just want to see a polite and civilized discussion.  As in, none of THIS:

Are you saying we could be getting paid for this shiat?
2013-09-24 03:26:10 PM  
1 vote:
I heard that Bareefer Obonghit guy has a huge dick and deserves all the BIE in he can handle.

2013-09-24 02:53:27 PM  
1 vote:
Uncivil comments not only polarized readers, but they often changed a participant's interpretation of the news story itself.

In the civil group, those who initially did or did not support the technology - whom we identified with preliminary survey questions - continued to feel the same way after reading the comments. Those exposed to rude comments, however, ended up with a much more polarized understanding of the risks connected with the technology.

Simply including an ad hominem attack in a reader comment was enough to make study participants think the downside of the reported technology was greater than they'd previously thought.

I blame this on Fartbama and the libtards.

/great band name
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