Mostly it exposes that people love to believe stories they like. And of course journalists love to publish stories that their readers like.
I just don't think that qualifies as news, though.
Perhaps not news, but as a topic worthy of consideration and discussion, you bet. Consider Fox News. It's veracity and accuracy are so poor that almost an entire industry has been built up around calling "bullshit" on so many of their "facts", and yet millions of viewers rely on it to help build their world-view every day. Those ratings wouldn't be there without Fox's heavy emphasis on "stories that people love to believe". Frankly, I find such phenomena fascinating, and often more than a little troubling. Before the chocolate hoax was the whole anti-vaxer phenomenon. To this day, otherwise reasonable people cling to the notion that routine childhood vaccinations are a bad idea, despite overwhelming credible evidence to the contrary and the plain fact that the notion itself was spawned by miscreant for personal gain. Why do they choose to believe bullshit in the face of plainly evident truth? What should we do about it? Can we do anything about it? Should we? It's excellent grist for the discussion mill, IMO.
Everyone knows that it's a powerful telecommunications lobby flexing it's muscle in a state where there are lots federal dollars being spent on that industry's services. You don't piss off the industry who paid for your last election, be that for local, state, or federal office, so the whole argument about who has the "right" to look out for those citizens is nothing more than a deliberate distraction for the suckers (voters) who continue to act against their own best interests by electing Big Telco's whores to public office.
What do you say of the cybersecurity surrounding Hillary Clinton? The real solution is to elect a rock ribbed conservative to the Presidency like Ted Cruz who won't be squeamish about bustin' some heads.
You don't have any idea how moronic that sounds, do you?
People who are religious are idiots and should be treated like second class citizens.
Disagree. Only the arrogant ones who feel the need to make others conform to their chosen religion's "moral laws" should be treated so. I have no objection at all to Christians, Muslims, Pastafarians, or even atheists indulging their peculiar beliefs, as long as that indulgence does not do even so much as inconvenience me.
Customers create demand but only at certain prices does that demand turn into a transaction. Ignoring the capital required to turn theoretical demand into actual demand is dumb. People who say customers create jobs have an an agenda and don't really believe that follows logically, because how could they be that dumb?
Wow. You flunked Econ 101, didn't you? You've left out a couple of critical factors in your sophomoric analysis here.
And if it were me, I would think twice or thrice about getting on the bad side of the local police department, being arrested (and who knows what else). Of course I would be vindicated, but that can occur after I spent some time in jail, got charged with some bullshit, spent who knows how much money on laywers and called ACLU for help...
I mean, look -- there were a bunch of recent stories with suspects getting killed or beaten, and if one is lucky, the police is charged afterwards. Sometimes not even that. Basically, most of us cannot afford to stand on principle. Many have family to support or career to preserve, or both.
Yeah. You're right, of course. It's much safer to just roll over and pee on yourself than to actually stand up for the rights we all share.
Organise a "draw Jesus sodomizing Mary" contest in Texas and you'll get crazy Christian jihadists doing the same thing. If you set up an event specifically designed to insult/offend/antagonise a particular religion, you're always going to get a response like this from someone.
Highly unlikely. While such a depiction would horrify a good many xtians, there is no explicit commandment to kill anyone making such a depiction. There is certainly no group of clergymen suggesting that anyone take such action. Not that there hasn't been such madness, on the part of xtians, in the past, but western society has largely recovered from that level of insanity.
Sounds like Ted Cruz!
But without the sad-clown eyebrows.
How much more "native" could I be?
Anyone who has never sent an email using bang path routing, is a "digital immigrant". Now get off my lawn...