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Bezzin

Member since May 2012 • Last active Dec 2019

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    True - but you are interacting with people who you know to be people. Now your friends and acquaintances could be lobbing fake news into your facebook feed that looks legit - you read the headline, take in that it looks like it's from a source somewhat based in fact, maybe drop a like or a smiley, and scroll on to the next meme. Meanwhile some algorithm sees that you've seen that and serves you something similar, reinforcing your view...?

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    The context of news consumption was very different a few years back, I guess. You got the paper once (or perhaps twice if you lived in a city) a day for news, and there are set points during the day for broadcast updates on TV or radio. Perhaps you were in a mindset that allows more for thinking about what's being presented to you ("it is time for the news so I'll tune in"), and the organisation doing it had more time to formulate actual analysis on whatever the story is.

    Now it's a relentless slew of constantly updating stories from an array of sources, so it's jading, and you remember the controversial points or those which reinforce your existing worldview.

    Interesting and depressing article @Oliver Schick

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    This is an interesting piece for those worried about / accusing the BBC of bias. I've found it pretty interesting to watch both sides say the BBC has an agenda - as the article says, perhaps that suggests they are doing something right.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre­e/2019/dec/04/bbc-impartiality-precious-­protect-election-coverage

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    Wild commute back. Massive detour on hellish roads thanks to that tiny handed orange twat being over here.

    Then big close call with another rider on a bso. I was overtaking at c25 mph (boast post) and she went for a hand signal plus moving to turn right without looking. Ended up rubbing shoulders to a stop as I had to go right as well. Both asked if the other was ok and then moved on. Phew.

    Not sure which one of us was at fault. I could have anticipated the move and been going more slowly, she could have checked over her shoulder. Still, no harm done.

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    That focus group is a testament to how well the Tories have controlled the narrative over the last few years. Corbyn somehow shifty and Labour are profligate are two things that people remember. Couple that with how Boris can appeal as a charming, slightly funny bloke with simple to understand messages who you kind of imagine spending time in the pub with and you're on to a winner.

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    I was riding those paths last year and they were ok. Didn't spot if they were ever gritted though.

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    I think we need a good war against a major power to heal the obvious and increasingly entrenched division in this country.

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    Surely the fact that Labour have had to rethink their strategy is indicative of how seriously to take these polls?

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    Do you live South East? Had the same through my door this summer in Crystal Palace.

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