the authoritarian personality in Fox news?

Chris Mooney’s book, The Science of Fox News, explores the thesis that authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox News, where they can find affirmation and escape from factual challenges to their assumptions. Mooney builds a case that with selective and cyclic feedback exposure ultra-conservative people are twice as likely to consume only that information which is ideologically congenial to them.
Mooney’s research resembles the earlier works of Eric Fromm about types of authoritarian personality which prefer escape from freedom to thinking for one’s self. In short, Mooney, like Fromm, advocates new perspectives about how pervasively indoctrination attacks critical thought.

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  1. Laura Taylor November 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    This topic is very relevant to society today, since many of our conversations with each other are through social media and so much of our thoughts are media-influenced. Obtaining data and processing it for oneself is increasingly challenging when facts are delivered with even a small amount of bias. The freedom to absorb and discuss information, political or otherwise, should be a common right for everyone to exercise without subjection to authority.

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