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Originally posted by rinowilli
Outstanding!! I am now a radical!......Pft....just another way for "Big Brother" to try and put "us" free thinking people in the "bad" corner with all the other boogey men......
I wouldn't wipe my you know what with that book!
Originally posted by Jason Paul
Just remind the MSM of the 'WMD' conspiracy that got us trapped in a war that's been going on for almost a decade. It's not like they havn't lied to us before, and chances are that wasn't the last time either.
he spiral of silence begins with fear of reprisal or isolation, and escalates from there. Individuals use what is described as "an innate ability" or quasi-statistical sense to gauge public opinion. The Mass media play a large part in determining what the dominant opinion is, since our direct observation is limited to a small percentage of the population. The mass media have an enormous impact on how public opinion is portrayed, and can dramatically impact an individual's perception about where public opinion lies, whether or not that portrayal is factual. Noelle-Neumann describes the spiral of silence as a dynamic process, in which predictions about public opinion become fact as mass media's coverage of the majority opinion becomes the status quo, and the minority becomes less likely to speak out. The theory, however, only applies to moral or opinion issues, not issues that can be proven right or wrong using facts (if there, in fact, exists a distinction between fact and value).
Originally posted by Praxilla
Well, this does appear to be a disturbing trend organizing opinion against sites like ATS, which I do not consider to be a "conspiracy" site, but one in which people are searching for the real truth in current and past issues. Although I have understood for some time now that there is no real "freedom of speech" anymore.
Long live ATS!