Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blogging on the election

The newspaper business keeps moving more to online-first, with the dead-tree edition still important but to some extent used mainly to enhance credibility and direct traffic to the Web version. So we newspaper writers are increasingly becoming bloggers. Here's a link to the Register's Horeserace'08 blog, on which we've been commenting on the election, including Obama's pastor problems and Hillary's big lie about Bosnia. I'm especially pleased with the posting based on this article, about what social psychologists call the "saying is believing" effect, through which people who try to persuade audiences and establish emotionl connections with them come to believe what they say to pesuade more than the original facts they start with. Could explain a lot about politicians -- and the rest of us more often than we might like to admit -- who come to believe their own BS

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