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Does Media Bias Really Affect Public Opinion??? Google Trends, Ron Paul & Barack Obama.

 
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04/30/2011 03:22 AM
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Does Media Bias Really Affect Public Opinion??? Google Trends, Ron Paul & Barack Obama.
Here is an old video from after the 2008 elections, where Jerry Day explains how, despite the mainstream media very much under-reporting Ron Paul, he was still very popular on the internet, actually more so than Barack Obama. He then shows that after a long time of the media ignoring Ron Paul, and focusing mostly on Barack Obama, then Obama became more popular.



Well, I just got curious and looked up Ron Paul and Barack Obama on google trends for the last 30 days and I found something interesting.

[link to www.google.com]

It seems that there was a big spike in Ron Paul searches on the internet when he announced he's starting an exploratory committee for 2012. Well, it seems that almost right after that, there was an increase of media for Barack Obama. I was wondering if this is the birther thing? The release of his certificate? It seems to coincide perfectly, and then after all that, Barack Obama became more popular on google trends again.

Anyway, I just thought this was interesting, and maybe some other people might find it interesting as well... To see how media really influences what becomes "popular". And perhaps, judging on what is becoming popular discourse from citizens, maybe they release certain stories as ways to distract from those other discourses that they would rather not have us talking about... That's the more "conspiracy" version of this, but hey, that's what this site is for.

Either way, I'll be keeping an eye on this as the presidential election moves forward.
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04/30/2011 03:33 AM
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Re: Does Media Bias Really Affect Public Opinion??? Google Trends, Ron Paul & Barack Obama.
Influencing opinions IS the job of the media. The media is not there to bring you news and give you balanced reporting of issues.

Try reading some books on sales techniques that bypass the conscious mind and lead the prospect where you want him/her to go. You will soon recognize those same techniques being used in the media to SELL an agenda.

The media is a change agent. The school system is a change agent. The entertainment industry is a change agent.

We're surrounded but it's up to you whether you surrender.
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Re: Does Media Bias Really Affect Public Opinion??? Google Trends, Ron Paul & Barack Obama.
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I think change can be a good thing, but not when the media is owned by like 4 big companies. Then it's not really change, it's just more of the same pretended to be change. I do hope Ron wins the Repub nomination this time.
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05/05/2011 04:22 AM
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Re: Does Media Bias Really Affect Public Opinion??? Google Trends, Ron Paul & Barack Obama.
Influencing opinions IS the job of the media. The media is not there to bring you news and give you balanced reporting of issues.

Try reading some books on sales techniques that bypass the conscious mind and lead the prospect where you want him/her to go. You will soon recognize those same techniques being used in the media to SELL an agenda.

The media is a change agent. The school system is a change agent. The entertainment industry is a change agent.

We're surrounded but it's up to you whether you surrender.
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Exactly, especially look up Noam Chomsky's work on how the MSM "manufactures consent", etc. Very insightful.





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