Posted: Jul 18, 2016 4:52 pm
by SkyMutt
Thommo wrote:Hmm. I wonder whether the same would be true of studies on topics other than justness of the world, the efficacy of social safety nets and the benefits of social media?

Those don't sound like topics that are politically neutral to me.

What sort of political bias do you identify in examining the benefits of social media? Given that the majority of conservatives in the US are users of social media (Facebook in particular), one would surmise that they have an interest in the topic. I think that even a non-user would tend to exhibit natural curiosity about such information.

In discussing this article with conservatives, what I have encountered is rationalizations of this behavior ("data can be twisted" "many scientists are biased") rather than denial that the results present an accurate reflection of conservatives' interest in data. Anecdotal, not scientific evidence, I grant you, but I thought it was interesting.