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New study highlights the virality of hate

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    joplin
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    At the risk of proving their point, it's interesting to me that the effect appears to be much stronger on the right if I'm understanding the chart in the middle labeled "B". (This one.) It seems...

    At the risk of proving their point, it's interesting to me that the effect appears to be much stronger on the right if I'm understanding the chart in the middle labeled "B". (This one.) It seems like they respond a lot more strongly to these types of postings.

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      TheRtRevKaiser
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      I don't think that is what that chart is indicating, I think the red/blue indicates posts with "In Group" language vs those with "Out Group" language. This post further down seems to indicate that...

      I don't think that is what that chart is indicating, I think the red/blue indicates posts with "In Group" language vs those with "Out Group" language. This post further down seems to indicate that the effect wasn't changed by political affiliation.

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      1. joplin
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        It wouldn't be the first time I misunderstood a chart. 🙂 I thought it was showing the average number (and variation) of each type of response (laugh emoji, heart emoji, etc.) for posts, and was...

        It wouldn't be the first time I misunderstood a chart. 🙂 I thought it was showing the average number (and variation) of each type of response (laugh emoji, heart emoji, etc.) for posts, and was colored based on whether the post was from a right or left-leaning source. As I say, I'm probably just showing my own bias.

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      Heichou
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      My own personal theory is that "Left" and "Right" on the political slide seem to equate to "Empathy" and "Logic", respectively. Two traits every human possesses, but to varying to degrees and, to...

      My own personal theory is that "Left" and "Right" on the political slide seem to equate to "Empathy" and "Logic", respectively. Two traits every human possesses, but to varying to degrees and, to many people, much to their chagrin. You see the left going up in arms about many things, every single day, without any thought of what might be worth talking about or lynch mobbing someone for (I'm all for accountability, but often the Twitter mobs get a bit too Salem-esque for me), and the right dismissing points of view and feelings alien to them as a kneejerk reaction to change. It seems to me, then, as the internet connects more and more people and informs us of topics of note, particularly wrongdoings as of late, you will see an influx of people who identify as more "empathetic", since the internet intrinsically represents interconnection and communication with those different from you. That's why it seems that, digitally, there's a disproportionately large amount of Liberal voices compared to Conservative voices, and why many Conservatives feel like they're being ostracized or intentionally singled out on social media.

      This fear means they will fight tooth and nail for their voice to be heard in online discussions, and the fastest way to get your voice out there is by pissing people off. This also leads to conservative schools of thought on the internet being demonized and ridiculed, because the internet is largely a liberal/progressive/empathetic thing (in my opinion). So Conservatives currently are facing this perceived crisis and are trying to make themselves appear credible or factual online. Derisive comments and mockery seem to be the weapon of choice for anyone making a political statement with the intent to aggravate the other side to elicit a childish reaction, which most left leaning people often supply, as they are closer to their emotions and empathy.

      This was a bit of meandering, roundabout way to say that many conservatives feel outnumbered and in danger on the internet, and you can feel that in the way they propagate hatred and misunderstanding at a seemingly quicker rate than liberals. That's not to say many liberals don't also create their fair share of problems, because hoo boy, but it seems many conservatives are scared of changing the way they think as we develop new ways to deliver information, and are trying to strong arm public opinion back to the way they prefer. Which is to say, by sweeping a lot of things under the rug that they'd rather not think or talk about.

      Apologies if this post was kinda nonsensical, I like discussing this stuff but ADD makes it hard to stay cohesive sometimes

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        1. Heichou
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          Thanks for the rec! I don't read as often as I should but I'll keep that on my radar. And I think I've more found that conservatives tend to believe that they're on the side of logic, as opposed...

          Thanks for the rec! I don't read as often as I should but I'll keep that on my radar.

          And I think I've more found that conservatives tend to believe that they're on the side of logic, as opposed to being logical. At the very least, I've noticed this pseudo-intellectual shift in younger conservative thinkers. Of course this "logic" is just fear and hesitance to adopting new ideals, which is fundamentally conservative, but I've talked to a few people who would call that "Logical".

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