Do Facebook commenters accurately reflect the views of the general public? The takeaway is that compared to the general population in the U.S., Facebook comments on climate change appear more polarized and more dismissive of climate science than the population as a whole. An observer relying on the Facebook comments would get an inaccurate representation of how the public generally feels about climate change.
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- Posts in social media tend to be drawn towards polarized views because that catches attention. Besides having challenging opinions may be felt like being more alive. Besides, social media will show you what you are interested in
I don't know how those points of view will mirror society. The most active posters and the ones calling out loud well probably not be the majority14w
- I like to call social media - 'echo-chambers-of-the-dumb' because the clearly dumb fools that think climate change is a hoax - only tune in to disinformation sources such as Fox News & Infowars & Breitbart. There, their low-info, simple minds are brainwashed, turning them into, effectively, brain-dead zombies.
If websites like this legit Google+ Climate Change community fails to convert a single denier - it will at the very minimum inform those that do give a damn about the future of life. It may be far too little to late. But we humans are hardwired for optimism, & so will not give up the fight - even as species are going extinct all around us, more & more rapidly.14w