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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Never base your perceptions of the world off social websites and forums.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    well that would depend.

    I voted know because you didn't give any criteria.

    among people i actually talk issues with DP is an EXCELLENT representation IMO. If im comparing real life people to the respected, honest and objective posters here NOT the trolls and SUPER extremists.

    I only know about 2 conservative extremists and 1 lib extremist in real life and im talking just the normal level extremists. DIe hard fox fan or die hard MSNBC fan that believe those news orgs are honest lol

    I dont know any religious extremist like the ones here even in the multiple churches ive been too and can say i honestly know the people not just acquaintances.
    I dont know any nutball super extremist like the ones here against equal rights for gays or abortion (and mind what i said, i know people that think its wrong, im talking the nutballs)
    I dont know any anti-gun super extremists like the ones i see here



    If they exist in the real world they must hide it out of embarrassment.

    Then there are simply the people that dont know or done care about the issues discussed here
    in general to double down on what i said id say my friends and people i encounter everyday are very much like the mix here and a mix of

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    and many more that i just cant think of but in general its a good mix and very much like real people in the real world
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?
    There was a poll thread a while back about personality types. The results indicated that introverts are very over represented here at DP.

    I'm not saying it was a very methodical and scientifically relevant poll, I'm just saying...

    It sort of gives a snapshot.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Yes?
    No?

    I'm going to purposely leave out a "Maybe" option. For this question I think people should be able to make a choice one way or another.

    In some ways it would seem so. We have the whole gamut of ideologies, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and so on. But, I would say 'no' for the simple reason that the vast majority of people here are here because they care deeply about social and/or political issues. Deeply enough to actually discuss them. The majority of average society does not care that deeply, and is seemingly perfectly fine with hiding their collective heads in the sand and willfully ignoring issues that affect them directly. They are fine with letting others make critical decisions for them.

    I believe that we here at DP are in the minority.
    No, and DP doesn't pretend to be, either. This is a hobbiest website, not an objective journalist publicist.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Yes?
    No?

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    I believe that we here at DP are in the minority.
    Do you think that it is even remotely possible that DP foumers are a bunch of extremists?

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    There might be one or two...
    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Do you think that it is even remotely possible that DP foumers are a bunch of extremists?
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    I think we see most perspectives represented but not in equivalent percentages. People with libertarian political leanings in no way represent one of the most popular political ideologies in America, for example. There are also a decent amount of strict constitutionalists here when I personally think most people couldn't paraphrase more than 2 amendments, the first, the fifth and maybe the second.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Absolutely not.

    Since it actively protects every nut job conspiracy theorist, knuckle dragging bigot and pieces of human filth from the sort of derision they would face were they to spew their idiocy in public, it tends to attract more than its share of nut jobs, bigots and human filth. Of the rest of us, this is still a sampling non-reflective of society at large because we are more zealous about politics to begin with. THis isn't a random sampling, but a sampling based upon degree of interest.
    This I can agree with. Some of the people here would be marginalized (and most often for very good reasons) in real life so fast it would make your head spin. Here they are given a voice and protected.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    In some ways DP is a good representation. A large portion of people on this community are extremely politically biased and have blinders in place to support their ideas. People outside of DP are pretty much the same. Whether it be DP or anywhere else when discussing topics regarding beliefs most people are trying to push their own agenda and dont really care what the opposition is going to say. So yes, DP is a good representation of society overall.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    ATTENTION: After spending some days on various threads at DP, after a rather lengthy absence from DP, I now feel qualified to respond to the poll question on this thread. My summary opinion:

    1. DP attracts some people who are head and shoulders above the general population when it comes to general knowledge and information on a broad spectrum of topics and who are able to apply logic, reason, and intellectual honesty to the discussions they participate in.

    2. DP also attracts some people who are so stupid and/or ignorant and/or inept in debate it would make your eyes cross. And while of course there are stupid and/or ignorant and/or inept people in the general population, most of them aren't so stubbornly obvious about it as they are here at DP.

    Conclusion: DP is not a good and fair representation of society overall.

    Thanks for asking. That is all.
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