Denialism - Fact or Fiction

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GuySmiley started the topic in Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 5:07pm
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GuySmiley commented Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 5:21pm

... on SN?

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 5:42pm

Blame it on the internet that's provided a more level playing field for views and opinions from media or groups or individuals.

Have a view as crazy as you can think, start a Facebook group, or post a Youtube video or an opinion piece in some online media and a few weeks latter there will be a following with people regurgitating the same view as fact.

Worst still is most people now ignore mainstream media and follow media, groups etc they like which creates a bubble in which their views are reconfirmed by others, and on it grows.

People always complain about murdoch media etc but really thats the least of anyones problems when you have people sourcing views, news, opinions online from truely dodgy sources.

For further reference and common sense.

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blindboy commented Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 6:38pm

....... or be rich enough to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to discredit valid science so you can sell more fossil fuels.

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AndyM commented Saturday, 9 Feb 2019 at 12:34pm

My two cents worth -
I see the following as being tied up in denialism.

Straight up lies eg. lying about climate change so as to continue business as usual.

Fear for the state of the world eg. environmental crises leading to a rejection of science, because it's seen as the root of problems

Increasing personal liberalism leading to libertarianism wherein anyone can have their own set of 'truths'

Throw into the mix - fashion, peer pressure, and a growing apologist culture which increasingly sees the questioning of forms of denialism as being narrow-minded bullying.