Actually, no — it's not "shocking."

Is anyone getting as fed up with Huffington Post's breathless sensationalism as I am? Its overuse of the word "shocking" is particularly getting on my nerves. The other day two side-by-side stories were both headlined as "shocking."

Now this really unshocking story:

The site's headline reads "Shocking New Study Ties Conservatism To 'Low-Effort' Thinking."

The "shocking" revelation?

"People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response," the study's lead author, University of Arkansas psychologist Dr. Scott Eidelman. ...

"Keeping people from thinking too much...or just asking them to deliberate or consider information in a cursory manner can impact people's political attitudes, and in a way that consistently promotes political conservatism," Dr. Eidelman saidl.

Study here, minus the conclusion that it's "shocking":

You probably won't find this "shocking" either:

For the study, a team of psychologists led by Dr. Eidelman asked people about their political viewpoints in a bar and in a laboratory setting.

Bar patrons were asked about social issues before blowing into a Breathalyzer. As it turned out, the political viewpoints of patrons with high blood alcohol levels were more likely to be conservative than were those of patrons whose blood alcohol levels were low.

Drunken buffoons more likely to uncritically absorb the opinions of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly? Who would have guessed?


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