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Motivated cognition


Sep 14, 2008
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Knoxvega$, TN
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I try to avoid it, but I also know I'm not always successful.

Interesting article.

How web journalism can make people seem hateful - CNN.com

These tendencies have been exaggerated by the internet, whose polarizing sites -- the Drudge Report and The Huffington Post, just to name a few -- give citizens the option of sealing themselves inside an echo chamber of their own beliefs.

On the web, ideologues are both journalist and pundit. Indeed, with the rise of investigative blogging, we should expect a long future of biased, inflammatory "evidence" -- on both sides of the political spectrum.

The official psychological term for this behavior is "motivated cognition" -- a tendency to bias our interpretation of facts to fit a version of the world we wish to believe is true.
Actually, not web journalism, but lie can make people seem hateful.
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