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19th Sep '16 8:33:21 AM tylerled
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* The actual music of Neo-Nazi and white-power punk bands like Skrewdriver is almost never discussed (it's fairly typical punk rock for the most part). Instead, most of the world slams them while their generally racist fanbases listen to little else, all because of their lyrics.
19th Sep '16 8:31:33 AM tylerled
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* It's a truism among [[UsefulNotes/{{Feminism}} feminists]] that once you know to look for "casual" sexism, you start seeing it everywhere, and this fact is oft-repeated with little awareness that this is also a textbook definition of Confirmation Bias. This phenomenon is not, of course, limited to feminism, but can be found in men's rights activists and any number of breeds of [[SoapboxSadie social justice warriors]].
4th Sep '16 6:48:36 PM Nerrin
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* Gamers (and gamblers) have a wide range of superstitions surrounding the RandomNumberGod, though mostly this falls among tabletop gamers who handle the dice themselves as opposed to a computerized RNG. It's easy to remember having a hot streak one night, leading you to favor the same dice later; or a die seems "cursed" because you missed a few hits in a row in an important fight. In either case you're most likely selectively remembering what confirms the feeling of whether you're doing well or not - if you're losing games or your character takes a pounding, you're more likely to remember the dice or cards "working against" you. Outside of tabletop and video games, gamblers have been suffering far longer under the same basic fallacies from confirmation bias and misunderstanding of things like the law of averages.
27th Jun '16 5:17:34 PM MarkLungo
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*** It may be noted that most of these SnarkBait [[PolitcalStrawman Political Strawmen]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer are not fake, but actually believe everything they are saying]], and one of Stewarts' final episodes actually went out of its' way to re-interview some of the "crazier" guests they had on the show to confirm. These guests, however, made it clear that they knew exactly what they were in for, but still considered it a win because they got their message out there, there would always be people who agreed with them, and in some cases simply loved being on the show anyway and thought it was just as funny and enjoyable as the audience did, if for different reasons.

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*** It may be noted that most of these SnarkBait [[PolitcalStrawman [[StrawmanPolitical Political Strawmen]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer are not fake, but actually believe everything they are saying]], and one of Stewarts' final episodes actually went out of its' way to re-interview some of the "crazier" guests they had on the show to confirm. These guests, however, made it clear that they knew exactly what they were in for, but still considered it a win because they got their message out there, there would always be people who agreed with them, and in some cases simply loved being on the show anyway and thought it was just as funny and enjoyable as the audience did, if for different reasons.
6th Jun '16 11:18:48 PM jormis29
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* ''The God Delusion'' by UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins (whose thesis is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) is a notable example, with some noting the case the book presents runs on this trope. Naturally, when Alister [=McGrath=] wrote ''The Dawkins Delusion'' (a book that argues against Dawkins' book), almost anyone who agreed with Dawkins' book automatically disliked [=McGrath=]'s book, whereas those who disagreed with Dawkins' book were almost always immediate fans of [=McGrath=]'s book. Even if a book were itself unbiased, the readers' bias would likely result in a similar reaction. As with many of these examples, [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch very few actually]] [[MainstreamObscurity read them both]], as noted in the reviews themselves.

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* ''The God Delusion'' by UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins (whose thesis is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) is a notable example, with some noting the case the book presents runs on this trope.example. Naturally, when Alister [=McGrath=] wrote ''The Dawkins Delusion'' (a book that argues against Dawkins' book), almost anyone who agreed with Dawkins' book automatically disliked [=McGrath=]'s book, whereas those who disagreed with Dawkins' book were almost always immediate fans of [=McGrath=]'s book. Even if a book were itself unbiased, the readers' bias would likely result in a similar reaction. As with many of these examples, [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch very few actually]] [[MainstreamObscurity read them both]], as noted in the reviews themselves.
6th Jun '16 10:59:24 PM ArtemisPal
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* ''The God Delusion'' by UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins (whose thesis is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) is a notable example. Naturally, when Alister [=McGrath=] wrote ''The Dawkins Delusion'' (a book that argues against Dawkins' book), almost anyone who agreed with Dawkins' book automatically disliked [=McGrath=]'s book, whereas those who disagreed with Dawkins' book were almost always immediate fans of [=McGrath=]'s book. Even if a book were itself unbiased, the readers' bias would likely result in a similar reaction. As with many of these examples, [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch very few actually]] [[MainstreamObscurity read them both]], as noted in the reviews themselves.

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* ''The God Delusion'' by UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins (whose thesis is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) is a notable example.example, with some noting the case the book presents runs on this trope. Naturally, when Alister [=McGrath=] wrote ''The Dawkins Delusion'' (a book that argues against Dawkins' book), almost anyone who agreed with Dawkins' book automatically disliked [=McGrath=]'s book, whereas those who disagreed with Dawkins' book were almost always immediate fans of [=McGrath=]'s book. Even if a book were itself unbiased, the readers' bias would likely result in a similar reaction. As with many of these examples, [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch very few actually]] [[MainstreamObscurity read them both]], as noted in the reviews themselves.
4th Apr '16 11:52:17 AM ImaginaryMetroid
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=> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!

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=> -> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!
4th Apr '16 11:51:58 AM ImaginaryMetroid
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=> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!
20th Mar '16 7:05:05 PM Josef5678
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** The UK versions of the ads are even worse. The Mac and PC are played by Robert Webb and Creator/DavidMitchell, respectively. They play basically the same characters as they do in ''PeepShow'', where Webb's character is stupid, lazy, and unreliable, and Mitchell is hard-working and [[TheComicallySerious serious-to-a-fault]]. Which qualities would you rather have in your computer?

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** The UK versions of the ads are even worse. The Mac and PC are played by Robert Webb and Creator/DavidMitchell, respectively. They play basically the same characters as they do in ''PeepShow'', ''Series/PeepShow'', where Webb's character is stupid, lazy, and unreliable, and Mitchell is hard-working and [[TheComicallySerious serious-to-a-fault]]. Which qualities would you rather have in your computer?



* BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.

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* BillMaher Creator/BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.



* One of the more prevalent biases that narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
** She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] in-universe.

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* One of the more prevalent biases that the narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
**
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed''. She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played {{played for laughs]] laughs}} in-universe.



* Morgan Spurlock's ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' famously followed the filmmaker as he lived on nothing but [=McDonald's=] for thirty days, eating everything on the menu at least once and super-sizing every time it is offered. He suffered significant health and weight issues as a result. This appears to have been greatly aided by Spurlock suddenly changing to a sedentary lifestyle, eating far more than he needed to and sleeping a lot, as no one has been able to reproduce his results. Spurlock did all he could to reach the conclusion he wanted to reach, while many other studies have shown that combining [=McDonald's=] food with an active lifestyle and not overeating does not lead to health or weight issues.

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* Morgan Spurlock's ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' famously followed the filmmaker as he lived on nothing but [=McDonald's=] UsefulNotes/McDonald's for thirty days, eating everything on the menu at least once and super-sizing every time it is offered. He suffered significant health and weight issues as a result. This appears to have been greatly aided by Spurlock suddenly changing to a sedentary lifestyle, eating far more than he needed to and sleeping a lot, as no one has been able to reproduce his results. Spurlock did all he could to reach the conclusion he wanted to reach, while many other studies have shown that combining [=McDonald's=] food with an active lifestyle and not overeating does not lead to health or weight issues.



** One unused stand-up bit from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' is about this. "To comedians, the truth is just bad material. The last thing you want is for people to just be thinking, "Hey, he's...right. He's a really, really ''accurate'' guy."

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** One unused stand-up bit from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is about this. "To comedians, the truth is just bad material. The last thing you want is for people to just be thinking, "Hey, he's...right. He's a really, really ''accurate'' guy."



* [[DeadHorseGenre Certain genres of music]] may fall into this trope, particularly those that began as underground movements and became mainstream later on; artists and songs would be judged primarily on their subject matter, perceived attitude, or whether or not a message is present, rather than being enjoyed/loathed for the music itself. Hip hop music, due to its lyric-heavy, melody-sparse nature, might be the most prominent example. Particularly the artists of the PoliticalRap sub genre. The main polarizers being PublicEnemy, TheCoup, and the extremely controversial rappers Paris, and Immortal Technique. And to a lesser extent, Music/IceCube, Music/IceT, and Music/TupacShakur.

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* [[DeadHorseGenre Certain genres of music]] may fall into this trope, particularly those that began as underground movements and became mainstream later on; artists and songs would be judged primarily on their subject matter, perceived attitude, or whether or not a message is present, rather than being enjoyed/loathed for the music itself. Hip hop music, due to its lyric-heavy, melody-sparse nature, might be the most prominent example. Particularly the artists of the PoliticalRap sub genre. The main polarizers being PublicEnemy, TheCoup, Music/PublicEnemy, Music/TheCoup, and the extremely controversial rappers Paris, and Immortal Technique. And to a lesser extent, Music/IceCube, Music/IceT, and Music/TupacShakur.



* [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/Vaccines+Cause+Autism/funny-gifs/5216011/ This gif]], taken from a Website/CollegeHumor video, involves a woman searching Google (who is in the form of a regular guy) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive result with a smarmy "I knew it!"

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* [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/Vaccines+Cause+Autism/funny-gifs/5216011/ This gif]], taken from a In the Website/CollegeHumor video, involves sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was a Guy (Part 3)]]", a woman searching Google (who searches Website/{{Google}} ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who is in the form of a regular guy) guy]]) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive result with a smarmy "I knew it!"
20th Mar '16 6:56:45 PM Josef5678
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* Gleefully parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2444 in this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.

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* %%* Gleefully parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2444 in this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.
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