Created By: Lord Seth on October 12, 2007

Preaching To The Choir

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I saw this briefly discussed on a discussion for Left Behind. Basically, it refers to how people will often automatically like a book/show regardless of its quality IF IT AGREES WITH THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS. For example, any book that attacks, say, George Bush, will automatically be loved by many anti-George Bush people regardless of how well-written the book is.

Anyway, it looks like no one jumped on it to write a page for it. I'm working on writing one, just checking to see if anyone has any good quotes for it to put at the top of the page or if something with a similar name was already made. Also, anyone know of any good categories to put this in, if it should be added?
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  • October 12, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    There was a similar concept discussed in Grammar Nazi, where people are more prone to criticize the spelling/grammar erros of who they disagree with then of those they do agree with. I agree this would be a good page to have.
  • October 12, 2007
    IIRC, psychological investigators have found that the reward system of the brain is activated by forgiving people that you identify as in-group, so it actually feels better than forgiving out-group people.

    In the same vein, I view social groups where the members constantly harass each other as if they're verifying and reinforcing their in-group status with each other. (The reinforcement is because of commitment tendency. It works the same way as hazing rituals.)
  • October 12, 2007
    It's a kind of intellectual Fan Service, in a sense, if the work is sold on its opinion.
  • October 13, 2007