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Posts tagged "Ideology"

How Scientists View the Public, the Media, and the Political Process

Most scientists in the US and UK blame public ignorance of science for flawed policy preferences and political choices. They tend to be critical of media coverage, yet rate favorably their own experience with the media.  Scientists say policy-makers and journalists are the most important groups to engage and view the public as having secondary...

Do Our Media Choices Today Simply Reflect Our Political Identities?

–Guest post by Sarah Merritt, American University doctoral student. Do people seek news and information through environments on the Web that strongly align with their political identity? Do we always selectively expose ourselves to ideologically like-minded news coverage and selectively avoid information that does not align with our preexisting attitudes? Understanding the nature of political...

Peak Oil Perceptions: How Americans View the Risks of a Major Spike in Oil Prices

A strong majority of Americans say it is likely that oil prices will triple in the coming five years and that such a tripling would be harmful both to the economy and to public health. Conservatives and those dismissive of climate change are among the most concerned by the threat of a major spike in...

Why Climate Partisans View the Mainstream Media as Biased and Ideological Media as Objective

We’ve reached a unique paradox in American political culture today: Both liberals and conservatives view the mainstream media as biased, yet tend to believe that their own ideologically-like minded outlets and commentators provide objective coverage.  Claims of media bias have long been the lingua franca of the conservative movement with the creation of rival outlets...

Miller-McCune on How Ideology Shapes Our Perceptions

At Miller-McCune magazine, Emily Badger discusses  several key themes of the Climate Shift report, focusing in part on how the reaction from several bloggers connects to the findings of Chapter 4.  The full article is worth a careful read but here is an excerpt: *** Nisbet contends that all of us — scientists, even —...