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(Salon)   Why does America listen to Jenny McCarthy and Suzanne Somers' scientific opinions instead of, you know, the opinions of scientists?   (salon.com) divider line 171
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2013-10-29 08:36:15 PM  
Because of Boobies?

(No Fark filters were tripped in the making of this post)
 
2013-10-29 08:41:15 PM  
Scientists don't get invited on daytime talk shows.
 
2013-10-29 08:47:20 PM  
Do you mean "America", subby, or do you mean "low information easily entertained short attention span losers"?
 
2013-10-29 08:52:43 PM  
Because everyone knows science is based on fact. And facts have a liberal bias.
 
2013-10-29 08:55:51 PM  
America: 237 years of progress powered by gut instincts unimpeded by facts
 
2013-10-29 08:56:39 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Do you mean "America", subby, or do you mean "low information easily entertained short attention span losers"?


I think he means "women"

/runs from thread
 
2013-10-29 09:01:05 PM  
Unconsciously we associate success with expertise. Not just expertise in their specific field, but general expertise across all fields.

Suzanne Sommers and Jenny McCarthy are successful, therefore they must be experts.

This is all unconscious, of course. As soon as you think about it you realize that's crazy talk.
 
2013-10-29 09:04:01 PM  
Just because these broads are guests of the morning squawking hen shows doesn't mean "America is listening to them".
 
2013-10-29 09:16:50 PM  
Because they are far more entertaining than real scientists.

No, really, thats why
 
2013-10-29 09:17:49 PM  
Because it makes them feel good to know that they aren't stupid (even if they are).
 
2013-10-29 09:22:37 PM  

kronicfeld: Scientists don't get invited on daytime talk shows.


Neil Degrasse-Tyson does.
 
2013-10-29 09:31:12 PM  
Why do politicians alter or suppress scientists findings they do not like?

/money.....
 
2013-10-29 09:31:54 PM  

cman: Because they are far more entertaining than real scientists.

No, really, thats why


Maybe in 1994 and 1977 respectively.
 
2013-10-29 09:37:37 PM  
Many years ago, a good friend of mine and I tried to come up with the Rules of Life. This is the list in its entirety:

Rule #1: People... are stupid.


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/Every attempt to come up with a subsequent Rule turned out to be a variant of Rule #1.
 
2013-10-29 09:40:39 PM  
I hear more ridicule of Jenny McCarthy than I do if people agreeing with her.
 
2013-10-29 09:42:05 PM  

Mugato: cman: Because they are far more entertaining than real scientists.

No, really, thats why

Maybe in 1994 and 1977 respectively.


No, still entertaining today

How many people are commenting on this?

A lot.

Dumb people making dumb statements are always entertaining

Me, for instance, I am a comedic genius considering that I am a dumbfark who says really dumb things
 
2013-10-29 09:49:03 PM  

Nabb1: I hear more ridicule of Jenny McCarthy than I do if people agreeing with her.


There might be a reason for this.
 
2013-10-29 09:51:23 PM  

Krieghund: Unconsciously we associate success with expertise. Not just expertise in their specific field, but general expertise across all fields.

Suzanne Sommers and Jenny McCarthy are successful, therefore they must be experts.

This is all unconscious, of course. As soon as you think about it you realize that's crazy talk.


Both successes happened, to a large extent, by posing nude for Playboy. Is there a College of Playboy Bunnies that have been hidden from academia?
 
2013-10-29 09:59:06 PM  
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2013-10-29 10:06:03 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Do you mean "America", subby, or do you mean "low information easily entertained short attention span losers"?


I'm not sure why you repeat yourself.

/seriously, though, that's a pretty large market you're talking about.  Honey Boo Boo's show gets those ratings somewhere.
 
2013-10-29 10:14:01 PM  
There's nothing wrong with Suzanne Somers' opinions. The problem is people just heard part of what she had to say and took it out of context. It's all a giant misunderstanding.
 
2013-10-29 10:16:07 PM  
Because people are dumb.

Because people don't like to think that scientists are smarter or, let's say more knowledgeable about certain topics, than they are, and that their 'common sense', like what Susanne Somers and Jenny McCartney sell, is just as good, if not better.
 
2013-10-29 10:17:01 PM  

MayoSlather: There's nothing wrong with Suzanne Somers' opinions. The problem is people just heard part of what she had to say and took it out of context. It's all a giant misunderstanding.


Excellent troll.  You should get some bites.
 
2013-10-29 10:18:07 PM  
Because they are farking retarded.

And the media doesn't realize that it should be more involved in regulating opinion.
 
2013-10-29 10:25:11 PM  
commoditization of gossip
 
2013-10-29 10:27:39 PM  

omnibus_necanda_sunt: And the media doesn't realize that it should be more involved in regulating opinion.


I'm not sure how they could possibly regulate it more. What you might mean is the police should be more involved in regulating opinion.
 
2013-10-29 10:28:09 PM  
Published does not equal "listened to."

 
2013-10-29 10:30:10 PM  
Which group is on TV? Scientists or TV hosts?

Well there you go.
 
2013-10-29 10:31:02 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: America: 237 years of progress powered by gut instincts unimpeded by facts


Hey, 237 is my lucky number!
 
2013-10-29 10:32:12 PM  

SilentStrider: kronicfeld: Scientists don't get invited on daytime talk shows.

Neil Degrasse-Tyson does.


That douchebag is the Jenny McCarthy of science. The answer is because housewives are bored and stupid. Ever look at Facebook in the middle is the day? Page after page of nonsense from idiot housewives
 
2013-10-29 10:33:29 PM  
Most scientists are pretty terrible at PR.  They worry more about the science.
 
2013-10-29 10:33:32 PM  
I don't know anyone who doesn't think she's full of it.
 
2013-10-29 10:37:11 PM  
Because people have been listening to pretty women say stupid shiat since the beginning of time...
 
2013-10-29 10:40:10 PM  

BKITU: Many years ago, a good friend of mine and I tried to come up with the Rules of Life. This is the list in its entirety:Rule #1: People... are stupid.
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/Every attempt to come up with a subsequent Rule turned out to be a variant of Rule #1.


You and I have the same friend, except it was refer to as a Law.
 
2013-10-29 10:40:29 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: That douchebag is the Jenny McCarthy of science. The answer is because housewives are bored and stupid. Ever look at Facebook in the middle is the day? Page after page of nonsense from idiot housewives


You are just SOOOO above average!

/swoon
 
2013-10-29 10:41:22 PM  
Because they can more easily relate to stupid people?

/DNRTFA
 
2013-10-29 10:41:39 PM  
TITS!
 
2013-10-29 10:42:34 PM  
America? I be at least 9/10 Americans think these people are full of shiat or don't even know who they are.
 
2013-10-29 10:42:36 PM  
Because Americans are retarded.
 
2013-10-29 10:43:47 PM  
You know, the subject of misplaced authority is an intriguing one with some interesting scientific questions. Too bad the article comes from Salon.com, so instead, we get some libtard biatching about how loud the people are that he disagrees with. But then again, a lot of people go to Salon.com, and it's a pretty website, so maybe I should trust it...
 
2013-10-29 10:47:00 PM  
You mean the scientists who tell me one week something is bad for me, then the next week tell me the same thing is now good for me?
 
2013-10-29 10:47:28 PM  
Because....

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oi41.tinypic.com

That's why.
 
2013-10-29 10:50:39 PM  

SilentStrider: kronicfeld: Scientists don't get invited on daytime talk shows.

Neil Degrasse-Tyson does.


I wouldn't ask him how to improve the appearance of my thighs...or would i?
 
2013-10-29 10:52:17 PM  
Same reason global warming deniers listen to politicians and corporate shills instead of scientists, and creationists believe a fairy tale over science. Stupidity.
 
2013-10-29 10:57:02 PM  

blue_2501: Because....

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That's why.


Sadly those images really do say it all.
 
2013-10-29 10:57:17 PM  
because in a population of 320M, the population pool of retards is statistically significant.
 
2013-10-29 10:57:23 PM  
Because half of all Americans are of below average intelligence?
 
2013-10-29 11:05:37 PM  
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Because to them, scientists talk like f@gs.
 
2013-10-29 11:10:54 PM  

BKITU: Many years ago, a good friend of mine and I tried to come up with the Rules of Life. This is the list in its entirety:Rule #1: People... are stupid.
.
/Every attempt to come up with a subsequent Rule turned out to be a variant of Rule #1.


You really should stop plagarizing Wizard's First Rule
 
2013-10-29 11:16:44 PM  
Scientist scary scary to most people because they speak in terms that most people can't understand or think that they can't understand because they shut off their brains once somebody is introduced as a scientist.

Bubbly giggly blonde big tittied talk show host don't have that problem.
 
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