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Poll: Sick of Politics on Facebook

With less than 60 days until Election Day, Facebook is packed with political talk.

As the Presidential race swings into high gear, the political discourse on Facebook has reached epic proportions.

Hardly an hour goes by without some new posting proclaiming one party or candidate's virtues or the lack thereof.

The overly political tone of Facebook has forced some folks to take a break from the popular social media site. Others have defriended folks who post too often about their political beliefs.

We want to know how you're handling all the political banter. Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Ken Young September 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I don't mind the discussions, at all. It's the tremendous amount of ads for Obama that I don't like. This is supposed to be a social network not a political pact for Obama. It makes me sick that even facebook is carrying water for Obama, just like the main stream media. Ken
Lindsay Street September 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Ken, anyone can buy advertising on media or on Facebook. During my local primary campaigns here in Summerville, several candidates purchased ads. It doesn't mean we're "carrying water" for any of them.
Chris Winston September 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
If Facebook were half as good as targeting as it says it is, it wouldn't offer anyone in South Carolina ads for either side, would it? It's not like that will make a difference. I think the questions at stake here are: Are you tired of seeing your Facebook friends fill your newstream with political blabber? Has anyone EVER changed their political ideology because of someone else's post? Or, are all of your friends seeing the country the same way you are, so you're getting your political opinions backed by others? Is that rewarding?
Shawna Butler September 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I believe that to many people get their information from mainstream media and aren't getting all of the facts. And, in such a crucial election some of us are just trying to inform or educate our friends on things they may not have heard about. I notice that there is not just one, but three ads for Obama on this page. Think they're worried?
Chris Winston September 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
That's probably where you and I would differ, Shawna. I believe TOO many people are getting their opinions supported (without facts) from TV and radio programs that claim to be news (there's at least one TV network on each side of the aisle, I would argue) and NOT ENOUGH are getting their news from mainstream media or anywhere else.
Jonathan Allen (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I think we needed a fourth option in the poll: "No, I've got a big bucket of popcorn and am heartily enjoying watching my friends launch verbal tirades at one another." The "I love the discussion" option implies taking part in said discussions, sometimes it's just a lot more fun to watch other people go at it. /can't help thinking of this really great xkcd cartoon: http://xkcd.com/386/
stanley seigler September 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
@Chris Winston 'I think the questions at stake here are, etcETC...' i dont do facebook but ask myself why i post, eg, to PATCH...no one cares what i think...certainly dont think any opinions are changed...i should get a life...OTOH... discussions here have initiated 'googling for facts'...so maybe there is an educational value...OTOHoh talking heads get paid for 'political blabber' which is no more earth shattering than most on PATCH.
Lindsay Street September 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Opinions are one thing. There is no such thing as a wrong opinion. But getting facts wrong bugs me. We can all come to different conclusions on whether or not the blue sky is happy, sad, indifferent, summery, wintery or just a plain bad idea. But so long as you acknowledge the fact that the sky is blue, I'm a happy camper. Speaking of googling and learning, why is the sky blue: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/BlueSky/blue_sky.html
stanley seigler September 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@Chris Winston: '...NOT ENOUGH are getting their news from mainstream media...' the GOPs did an excellent job giving mainstream media (MSM) a bad name...actually MSM is much less bias than FOX and MSNBC...not to mention rush and ilk...
Jonathan Allen (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
an interesting philosophical/metaphysical discussion is whether what I see as blue is the same as what you see as blue. I'm not talking about arguing if a particular shade of blue is closer to green or purple, rather it's the question of whether everyone experiences nature the same way. We know that the perception of color is dictated by the parts of the spectrum of visible light that are absorbed or reflected by an object, and no matter who sees the light bouncing off that object the same segments of the visible spectrum are either absorbed or reflected. A colorblind person sees the same light reflected off an apple as a person with normal sight, the color blind person's eyes just can't perceive the color the same way the rest of the population does. Logically we all evolved from a common ancestor so our sense organs and our brains which interpret the nerve signals from those organs all function the same way (with exceptions like the color blind person in the above example), but the question goes to the individual experience of the perception of the world around us. Since you can only perceive your own experience how can you know how everyone else perceives the same experiences. Since the visible light spectrum determines how we name colors we all agree that a specific wavelength of light is blue, but do you and I see the same color when we view that wavelength? And how do we know either way?
maizenbluedoc September 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Jonathan Allen: Please, don't confuse pwople with fact, their minds are already made on the political spectrum.
V. Scheurich September 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Do what the Gunny says or it is PT time! http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=83380
JoSCh September 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I think a person can change their political bent if they're open to new ideas, better or worse. And the political parties have obviously changed over time including flip/flopping in the 1950s and 60s. I feel like they're both sitting to the right now, with the Democrats occupying the political space the Republicans held in the 80s and 90s.
Ken Young September 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I thought Obama ads were bad on Facebook. Now, it's the Patch! Come on guys, I know you want to make money from advertising, but this looks like an Obama site with so many ads. Three (3) just on this page.
reg September 23, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Romney's only advertising on the sites of exclusive country clubs.
Greg Hambrick (Editor) September 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Romney ads have been on Patch. But, much like TV ads, the Obama campaign is outspending Romney online. In the heat of the primary, you'd have found Santorum and Gingrich ads on here, not just Obama. We've also had several local Republican advertise directly on our sites.
stanley seigler September 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
dont tell people buying the ads...but i havent seen any BO or MIT ads on PATCH and i dont do facebook...

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