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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:29 PM

Why do right-wingers outnumber left-wingers on most Internet forums?

It seems like every messaging board I visit outside of DU and MediaMatters, conservatives tend to outnumber liberals. It has been the case from my experience so far whether it's reading comments from sports forums, Urban Dictionary, YouTube, or Yahoo. Whenever I hear somebody on these types of sites talk about something politics-related, it's usually some RW talking points or something that is anti-Obama.

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Reply Why do right-wingers outnumber left-wingers on most Internet forums? (Original post)
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 OP
samsingh Jan 2013 #1
SWTORFanatic Jan 2013 #2
Adenoid_Hynkel Jan 2013 #30
SWTORFanatic Jan 2013 #43
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #3
Bucky Jan 2013 #47
agracie Jan 2013 #4
Coolest Ranger Jan 2013 #17
2theleft Jan 2013 #20
rightsideout Jan 2013 #5
agracie Jan 2013 #8
Adenoid_Hynkel Jan 2013 #29
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2013 #6
brewens Jan 2013 #7
datasuspect Jan 2013 #10
brewens Jan 2013 #19
Bigmack Jan 2013 #25
Speck Tater Jan 2013 #9
Shankapotomus Jan 2013 #11
jberryhill Jan 2013 #12
Atman Jan 2013 #13
TransitJohn Jan 2013 #14
NashvilleLefty Jan 2013 #23
silverweb Jan 2013 #15
Coolest Ranger Jan 2013 #16
Cal33 Jan 2013 #18
Denninmi Jan 2013 #21
Dawson Leery Jan 2013 #22
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #24
GeorgeGist Jan 2013 #26
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #27
annabanana Jan 2013 #28
Incitatus Jan 2013 #37
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #31
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #32
Bonhomme Richard Jan 2013 #33
madrchsod Jan 2013 #35
Bonhomme Richard Jan 2013 #46
madrchsod Jan 2013 #34
tama Jan 2013 #36
JoeyT Jan 2013 #38
daleo Jan 2013 #39
B Calm Jan 2013 #40
Coyotl Jan 2013 #41
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 #45
coalition_unwilling Jan 2013 #42
WhoIsNumberNone Jan 2013 #44
bluestate10 Jan 2013 #49
bluestate10 Jan 2013 #48

Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:31 PM

1. i dont know

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

2. Sports forums: duh. Yahoo = duh, it's for people who don't use the

internet seriously (it's the AOL of the 2010s).

Youtube, urbandictionary I'm not sure.

Go to 4chan or reddit and you'll see more liberals :p Or an LGBT forum.

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Response to SWTORFanatic (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:17 PM

30. Yahoo is also unmoderated

and refuses to take down blatant racism and violent threats, even after they're flagged for abuse

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:15 AM

43. I think the mods are RWers. I've had posts that do not violate the TOS at all

deleted, and I've reported blatantly racist names and posts and they stay.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

3. The Koch brothers have an awful lot of money available to pay trolls.

I have no doubt whatsoever that they hire large numbers of them.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:18 PM

47. Why? Because internet discussion boards are so important?

Have you ever met a single person paid to do this? Of course not. Hundreds of thousands (but probably not millions) of people post their crap opinions for free. What a silly conspiracy theory you have.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

4. We lefties have a real life...

while the righties need to get one ?

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Response to agracie (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:53 PM

17. right on, I like that

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Response to agracie (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:58 PM

20. That was my thought as well. n/t

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

5. Yahoo is full of them

Every story on Obama is full of haters there.

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:35 PM

8. For sure. Some of the comments are downright disgusting. n/t

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:16 PM

29. When I want to blow off steam, I go to Yahoo

and rub the Obama re-election in their faces.

The more downvotes and cursing I get, the more proud I am.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

6. Liberals have jobs?

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:34 PM

7. Because contrary to popular opinion, we liberals are too busy working for a living. Many more

retired people, people with jobs that allow screw off time, adults living in their parents basement and unemployed right-wingers, have all day to spend online.

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Response to brewens (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:43 PM

10. i'm pretty sure the rw'ers get gubmint "nut checks"

 

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:58 PM

19. It's funny how early voting was a Republican idea. The theory was that working

people that would overwhelmingly support Republicans, had to work on election day. Opening voting up to them on weekends would be to their advantage. That didn't work out so well. Now they want to take early voting away.

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Response to brewens (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:08 PM

25. I've have RWers complain that - because I'm retired ...

.. I have waaaaay too much time on my hands.

That's because I take a few seconds and fact-check their bullshit.

I can't tell you the number of back-and-forth posting arguments that I've killed with substantiated facts and sources.

There's usually a pause, and then I get some ad hominem crap thrown at me, and shit like "I get to believe what I want."

I have very little time... my retirement is a very busy time... but only seconds are needed to find reality. Even on the Web.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:40 PM

9. Because they are losers who have nothing better to do all day. nt

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:45 PM

11. Because their self-worth teeters precariously on

every argument and issue against liberals. They've got to pursue their little internet debates to the very end or what else do they have?

They're like that one guy in a flag football game who was a little too gung-ho and invested in the outcome than everybody else.

In short, they're face painters.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:47 PM

12. Nothing better to do

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:47 PM

13. Same as on talk radio.

Positive reinforcement for their stupid ideas. You should see the RW responses to that story about the Oregon sheriff refusing to enforce a non-existent law ordering him confiscate guns. 90% (at least) calling him a hero. The few of us who spoke up against his stupidity were savaged, told to eff off, called every name in the book. I was told I shouldn't be posting because I love the dictator and not American.

In contrast, look at DU...disagreements all the time because we DISCUSS issues and ideas. Universal agreement isn't required for sharing our opinions, while the righties just need affirmation that they're not absolutely insane.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:48 PM

14. They're just louder, is all.

Conservatives feel a need to espouse their conservatism no matter the venue, and then are always shocked that not everyone is conservative, too. I'm with you, it sucks. Bastards have ruined a couple of messageboards I've been on for a long time.

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Response to TransitJohn (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:07 PM

23. Thank you, that's what I was going to say.

They are just louder. Although they insist that everyone agree with them, they had a psychological need to have their views "justified" by others. Whereas most Leftists tend to refuse to engage them knowing that the RW will never accept logic or truth.

Most Leftists seem to prescribe to the old adage by George Bernard Shaw:

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:51 PM

15. A couple of thoughts come to mind.

(1) RWers are usually pushier and louder than liberals to begin with, so their disruptive presence is obvious.

(2) RWers are often less educated and more likely to be unemployed, thus have more time for trolling.

(3) RWers are more likely to be paid to troll (and it's already been established that there are organizations paying them) and need the money.

(4) RWers have a sense of "divine right" and certitude, therefore a command to spread whatever fairy tales their masters have fed them. They need to justify themselves by beating down any dissent.

Just off the top of my head.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:52 PM

16. Thank you this is something I have ALWAYS wondered myself

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:54 PM

18. Years ago I was at another forum. I wrote to the Repub. "You people are being paid to say

what you say. That takes all the fun out of a debate. I don't even know what you
personally really think about the topic being discussed. You have to say what you're
being paid to say."

The guy replied, "You mean you Dems. aren't being paid?"

Was he surprised when I told him "No, we're not being paid. We do it for the fun, the
enjoyment of having the chance to express our minds and opinions about these
topics. Haven't you guys ever done something for the pure joy of it, without any
money being involved?"

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:03 PM

21. Gotta be paid trolls.

Or, the other thing I've heard, some of it is actually software programmed to respond to certain words and phrases, and designed to simulate a real person.

I don't know if that's true, but in this day and age I'm sure it's possible.

If the popular opinion mirrored the online, Obama never would have been re-elected, because the online is always overwhelmingly against him. So, clearly, something is out of whack, gotta be an organized propaganda campaign to sway public opinion.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:03 PM

22. They are paid to spam/troll the net with right wing propaganda.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:07 PM

24. Because they have nothing else to do.

Out of work and too lazy to make anything happen, they massage themselves by camping out on the innertubes.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:09 PM

26. $$$$$

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #26)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:14 PM

27. Na'. Most right-wingers I run into hardly have a pot to piss in...

It's not the millionaires out there posting their right-wing bullshit. It's generally the under educated, easily fooled who constantly vote against their self interests.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:15 PM

28. paid trolls

plenty of money on the other side there.....

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Response to annabanana (Reply #28)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:04 PM

37. +1

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:20 PM

31. I think it's a combo of a lot of things already mentioned...a

And besides the actual political trolls are people who just like to lob grenades. They like getting people upset because they think it's funny. The Internet is perfect for that because you are anonymous and not likely to get punched in face, as you might if you behaved that way IRL.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:29 PM

32. cuz the tea party & gop are organized, funded and pissed off. The DNC has allowed the gop to dictate

the terms in this battle for equality and fairness. Go to a website, we're defending stupid accusations about whether the Newton mass was a conspiracy, birther types, obama's ex orders are unconstitutional. All of those are false, but it doesn't matter. They've captured the news cycle. Also I don't think the gop has offered a solution so much as they have offered an enemy. Alot of America has been through a very tough time financially, and what do you hear from the gop? The actually titled the aca repeal bill, "repeal the job killing health care act", don't have enough money in your pocket? Big government, entitlements. People who elect Obama want free stuff, subconscious message: if you lack for anything in the next couple of years, the obama voters are to blame. They're driving cadillacs, using food stamps to buy drugs, collecting thousands of your hard earned tax dollars doing nothing. and where are the real freebies going? we all know of the 500milion tax break given to amgen for mcconnell. the gop/tea party has people fighting against their own interest. Go figure.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:48 PM

33. Grumpy white retired people that.....

Don't have a life.

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #33)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:52 PM

35. hey! i`m old ,white ,and grumpy....

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #35)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:14 PM

46. I never said it was exclusive to wingers. Ha! n/t

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:51 PM

34. because we have a life beyond the thunder dome

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:00 PM

36. Wise stay silent nt

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:13 PM

38. Do you comment on every single story you read?

Well they do. And their comments are all stupid so we don't even bother wading into the comment section. That's why it looks like there are more right wingers.

Edited to add: I have no idea why they comment on every story they read. Probably because they're utterly self-centered, which is why they're right wingers in the first place.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:01 AM

39. They have fewer flesh and blood friends

Thus they can be much more obsessive about the Internet. Plus, they are much more single minded in general than the rest of us, who have varied concerns and interests.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:06 AM

40. We work for a living.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:06 AM

41. One word: outsourcing -- troll pay is so low overseas.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #41)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:25 AM

45. You must be right. It would also explain why they never go away!

They do it for a living.

At an affordable price.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:09 AM

42. I'm pleasantly surprised at SeekingAlpha.com, a financial and investing

 

bulletin board somewhat akin to DU but in the financial\investing realm.

There, the Keynesians like me regularly give battle to the Chicago School douchenozzles and their knuckledragger cousins. While Keynes has not yet triumphed there, he's giving as good as he's getting.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:21 AM

44. Conservative are just driven to spew their bullshit everywhere

They also thrive on arguments. And since they come from all the most broke-dick states with the highest unemployment rates, they have plenty of time to dedicate to it.

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Response to WhoIsNumberNone (Reply #44)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:21 PM

49. Touche!!!

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:20 PM

48. Because Leftwingers don't talk about having a job and implying that others don't work,

Leftwingers are out working jobs and running businesses and don't have the time to sit around posting on the internet, insulting other people.

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