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May 23, 2015 15:31:33   #
RETW Loc: Washington
 
Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story so I cut it and pasted it for you all.

This is by the ( Patriot News Daily )





We’re fascinated by the bizarre beliefs of those who lived long ago. To learn that people once thought the Earth was flat. To see old maps that depicted dragons and mysterious lands where giants might roam freely. We look at these old beliefs and shake our heads, so secure in the knowledge that we have come so far.

In some ways, though, the things we believe today are as far off the mark as those old maps. Consider a new poll from Gallup that shows that Americans think 23% of the population is either gay or lesbian. That’s not an easy demographic to pin down, but the best estimates say that’s an overshoot of titanic proportions. A Gallup Daily Tracking poll from this year shows that only 3.8% of the adult population identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

So what, right? Well, it has a significant effect on how we view this country, the policies we vote for, and the politicians we elect. It even goes further than that, deciding the kinds of beliefs we hold about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. And though Gallup blames the overestimation on Americans’ predictably poor ability to determine demographical representation, a more obvious culprit should not be overlooked.

We’ve become a society obsessed with media. Americans devour TV shows and movies without restraint, and it has had a warping effect on the way we see the world. Proponents of same-sex marriage and other liberal policies say that this is a good thing. Gay characters in movies and shows serve to broaden our worldview, giving us empathy for those we may not meet in our day to day lives. And that’s true to an extent, but the problem is that these movies and shows do not accurately reflect the world at large. Is Gallup was asking how many modern fictional characters were gay, 23% would probably not be far off the mark. They are wildly overrepresented in the media, and that leads to some very unfortunate changes in society.

On the other side of the coin, the average American is vastly underrepresented in the media. People who go to church regularly and uphold traditional values in their personal lives are nowhere to be found. If they are there, they are made to look like weirdos and freaks, despite being far more like the average viewer than the producers would like us to think. These producers would have us believe that their art is a reflection of society, but that’s only true insofar that it’s a reflection of Hollywood, New York City, and other liberal cities. Those societies are hardly an accurate picture of America.

We would do well as a country to unplug our television sets and throw them into the backyard. We are learning how to live our lives from people in bizarre communities that have nothing to do with the way human beings are supposed to behave. It is verifiably changing the policies we support, the values we uphold, and the people we elect. Art and entertainment have always been a part of civilized society, but the line between fiction and reality has grown far too blurry. Hollywood may not reflect the real America, but it’s only a matter of time before America is a reflection of Hollywood.

RETW

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May 23, 2015 15:47:40   #
dwallace2015
 
Just more lies from Gallup. They have an unequaled talent for slewing numbers to produce the graph they want. I wish they would gallup off into the sunset, and be gone.

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May 23, 2015 18:38:31   #
Marcus Johnson
 
RETW wrote:
Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story so I cut it and pasted it for you all.

This is by the ( Patriot News Daily )





We’re fascinated by the bizarre beliefs of those who lived long ago. To learn that people once thought the Earth was flat. To see old maps that depicted dragons and mysterious lands where giants might roam freely. We look at these old beliefs and shake our heads, so secure in the knowledge that we have come so far.

In some ways, though, the things we believe today are as far off the mark as those old maps. Consider a new poll from Gallup that shows that Americans think 23% of the population is either gay or lesbian. That’s not an easy demographic to pin down, but the best estimates say that’s an overshoot of titanic proportions. A Gallup Daily Tracking poll from this year shows that only 3.8% of the adult population identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

So what, right? Well, it has a significant effect on how we view this country, the policies we vote for, and the politicians we elect. It even goes further than that, deciding the kinds of beliefs we hold about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. And though Gallup blames the overestimation on Americans’ predictably poor ability to determine demographical representation, a more obvious culprit should not be overlooked.

We’ve become a society obsessed with media. Americans devour TV shows and movies without restraint, and it has had a warping effect on the way we see the world. Proponents of same-sex marriage and other liberal policies say that this is a good thing. Gay characters in movies and shows serve to broaden our worldview, giving us empathy for those we may not meet in our day to day lives. And that’s true to an extent, but the problem is that these movies and shows do not accurately reflect the world at large. Is Gallup was asking how many modern fictional characters were gay, 23% would probably not be far off the mark. They are wildly overrepresented in the media, and that leads to some very unfortunate changes in society.

On the other side of the coin, the average American is vastly underrepresented in the media. People who go to church regularly and uphold traditional values in their personal lives are nowhere to be found. If they are there, they are made to look like weirdos and freaks, despite being far more like the average viewer than the producers would like us to think. These producers would have us believe that their art is a reflection of society, but that’s only true insofar that it’s a reflection of Hollywood, New York City, and other liberal cities. Those societies are hardly an accurate picture of America.

We would do well as a country to unplug our television sets and throw them into the backyard. We are learning how to live our lives from people in bizarre communities that have nothing to do with the way human beings are supposed to behave. It is verifiably changing the policies we support, the values we uphold, and the people we elect. Art and entertainment have always been a part of civilized society, but the line between fiction and reality has grown far too blurry. Hollywood may not reflect the real America, but it’s only a matter of time before America is a reflection of Hollywood.

RETW

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Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story ... (show quote)



Sometimes Television gets it right.

What was that show? Oh I remember I think it was called "19 kids and counting "
It’s a reality show about an Evangelical Christian family demonstrating, those wholesome Christian values.
Oh wait they just canceled that show. Something about Child Molestation Accusations.

Those darn Christians..... :roll:

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May 23, 2015 19:59:48   #
jelun
 
Marcus Johnson wrote:
Sometimes Television gets it right.

What was that show? Oh I remember I think it was called "19 kids and counting "
It’s a reality show about an Evangelical Christian family demonstrating, those wholesome Christian values.
Oh wait they just canceled that show. Something about Child Molestation Accusations.

Those darn Christians..... :roll:



There is that other great Christian, hero to so many who claim to disdain Muhammed's pedophilia.
He is revered by right wing pols, too. What is it about them that they like perverts so much? Several pols have that ephebophia as well, I suppose.
Old Phil proposed this perversion as a fun practice ... http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/duck-dynasty-star-urges-men-marry-high-school-girls-video-article-1.1561615

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May 23, 2015 20:05:25   #
Marcus Johnson
 
jelun wrote:
There is that other great Christian, hero to so many who claim to disdain Muhammed's pedophilia.
He is revered by right wing pols, too. What is it about them that they like perverts so much? Several pols have that ephebophia as well, I suppose.
Old Phil proposed this perversion as a fun practice ... http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/duck-dynasty-star-urges-men-marry-high-school-girls-video-article-1.1561615


Surprised he is not a candidate! LOL!

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May 23, 2015 20:22:01   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
RETW wrote:
Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story so I cut it and pasted it for you all.

This is by the ( Patriot News Daily )





We’re fascinated by the bizarre beliefs of those who lived long ago. To learn that people once thought the Earth was flat. To see old maps that depicted dragons and mysterious lands where giants might roam freely. We look at these old beliefs and shake our heads, so secure in the knowledge that we have come so far.

In some ways, though, the things we believe today are as far off the mark as those old maps. Consider a new poll from Gallup that shows that Americans think 23% of the population is either gay or lesbian. That’s not an easy demographic to pin down, but the best estimates say that’s an overshoot of titanic proportions. A Gallup Daily Tracking poll from this year shows that only 3.8% of the adult population identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

So what, right? Well, it has a significant effect on how we view this country, the policies we vote for, and the politicians we elect. It even goes further than that, deciding the kinds of beliefs we hold about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. And though Gallup blames the overestimation on Americans’ predictably poor ability to determine demographical representation, a more obvious culprit should not be overlooked.

We’ve become a society obsessed with media. Americans devour TV shows and movies without restraint, and it has had a warping effect on the way we see the world. Proponents of same-sex marriage and other liberal policies say that this is a good thing. Gay characters in movies and shows serve to broaden our worldview, giving us empathy for those we may not meet in our day to day lives. And that’s true to an extent, but the problem is that these movies and shows do not accurately reflect the world at large. Is Gallup was asking how many modern fictional characters were gay, 23% would probably not be far off the mark. They are wildly overrepresented in the media, and that leads to some very unfortunate changes in society.

On the other side of the coin, the average American is vastly underrepresented in the media. People who go to church regularly and uphold traditional values in their personal lives are nowhere to be found. If they are there, they are made to look like weirdos and freaks, despite being far more like the average viewer than the producers would like us to think. These producers would have us believe that their art is a reflection of society, but that’s only true insofar that it’s a reflection of Hollywood, New York City, and other liberal cities. Those societies are hardly an accurate picture of America.

We would do well as a country to unplug our television sets and throw them into the backyard. We are learning how to live our lives from people in bizarre communities that have nothing to do with the way human beings are supposed to behave. It is verifiably changing the policies we support, the values we uphold, and the people we elect. Art and entertainment have always been a part of civilized society, but the line between fiction and reality has grown far too blurry. Hollywood may not reflect the real America, but it’s only a matter of time before America is a reflection of Hollywood.

RETW

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Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story ... (show quote)


Back in the day, the Earth WAS flat. God only made it round - when folks started falling off the edges into space. A similar even is bound to happen again - when the electricity goes out permanently.

Media personnel, especially the marketing variety, are very good at telling us what we SHOULD be like and aspire to - and the average American is highly susceptible to those suggestions.

Here's an example: ever wondered why, in the movies, demons always speak Latin? Demons, if they're real, pre-existed the Romans by several thousand years, so why did they pick THAT language as their official tongue? It is illogical and non sense - but we all have accepted it as fact for all of these years. Maybe it's just because Latin sounds creepy, but if that's the case, then Italian and Spanish would be creepy too - as those are the languages that came from Latin.

The bottom line is; if something is repeated often enough - it becomes fact - even if it was total BS to start with.

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May 24, 2015 19:30:55   #
Loki Loc: Georgia
 
RETW wrote:
Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story so I cut it and pasted it for you all.

This is by the ( Patriot News Daily )





We’re fascinated by the bizarre beliefs of those who lived long ago. To learn that people once thought the Earth was flat. To see old maps that depicted dragons and mysterious lands where giants might roam freely. We look at these old beliefs and shake our heads, so secure in the knowledge that we have come so far.

In some ways, though, the things we believe today are as far off the mark as those old maps. Consider a new poll from Gallup that shows that Americans think 23% of the population is either gay or lesbian. That’s not an easy demographic to pin down, but the best estimates say that’s an overshoot of titanic proportions. A Gallup Daily Tracking poll from this year shows that only 3.8% of the adult population identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

So what, right? Well, it has a significant effect on how we view this country, the policies we vote for, and the politicians we elect. It even goes further than that, deciding the kinds of beliefs we hold about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. And though Gallup blames the overestimation on Americans’ predictably poor ability to determine demographical representation, a more obvious culprit should not be overlooked.

We’ve become a society obsessed with media. Americans devour TV shows and movies without restraint, and it has had a warping effect on the way we see the world. Proponents of same-sex marriage and other liberal policies say that this is a good thing. Gay characters in movies and shows serve to broaden our worldview, giving us empathy for those we may not meet in our day to day lives. And that’s true to an extent, but the problem is that these movies and shows do not accurately reflect the world at large. Is Gallup was asking how many modern fictional characters were gay, 23% would probably not be far off the mark. They are wildly overrepresented in the media, and that leads to some very unfortunate changes in society.

On the other side of the coin, the average American is vastly underrepresented in the media. People who go to church regularly and uphold traditional values in their personal lives are nowhere to be found. If they are there, they are made to look like weirdos and freaks, despite being far more like the average viewer than the producers would like us to think. These producers would have us believe that their art is a reflection of society, but that’s only true insofar that it’s a reflection of Hollywood, New York City, and other liberal cities. Those societies are hardly an accurate picture of America.

We would do well as a country to unplug our television sets and throw them into the backyard. We are learning how to live our lives from people in bizarre communities that have nothing to do with the way human beings are supposed to behave. It is verifiably changing the policies we support, the values we uphold, and the people we elect. Art and entertainment have always been a part of civilized society, but the line between fiction and reality has grown far too blurry. Hollywood may not reflect the real America, but it’s only a matter of time before America is a reflection of Hollywood.

RETW

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Sorry I could not bring up the URL for this story ... (show quote)


In 500 BC, before the battles of Thermopylae and Marathon, Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician, proved the world was round. He even gave a remarkably (for the time and place ), accurate estimate of the size.

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May 24, 2015 20:16:08   #
dennisimoto Loc: Washington State (West)
 
You mean to tell me that the Earth is NOT flat??? What about the Tooth Fairy? The Easter Bunny or (shudder) Santa Clause??? Don't TELL me there's no Santa Clause!! Man, you guys just ruined my whole day! Almost forgot (sarc).

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May 24, 2015 20:35:26   #
Marcus Johnson
 
dennisimoto wrote:
You mean to tell me that the Earth is NOT flat??? What about the Tooth Fairy? The Easter Bunny or (shudder) Santa Clause??? Don't TELL me there's no Santa Clause!! Man, you guys just ruined my whole day! Almost forgot (sarc).


You would be amazed at how many people still actually do believe that the earth is flat.

There is in fact an "Flat Earth Society " and they are very serious in their contention that the earth is indeed flat.

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May 24, 2015 20:36:45   #
Marcus Johnson
 
dennisimoto wrote:
You mean to tell me that the Earth is NOT flat??? What about the Tooth Fairy? The Easter Bunny or (shudder) Santa Clause??? Don't TELL me there's no Santa Clause!! Man, you guys just ruined my whole day! Almost forgot (sarc).


You would be amazed at how many people still actually do believe that the earth is flat.

There is in fact an "Flat Earth Society " and they are very serious in their contention that the earth is indeed flat.

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