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02-04-2012, 10:11 AM
Extremes
Could someone please explain this propensity for those people who are in the majority, either in politics or ideology to use this new pet phrase EXTREME to categorize dissenting opinions. It seems that since 9/11 and the rise of religious extremists that partisan pundits have seen fit to paint the other side with this moniker.

Does this add, detract from either opinions in your view or does it simply void out credible discussion when either side uses this tactic?
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03-04-2012, 11:11 AM
RE: Extremes
I'm just going to throw this out here... my guess is that in most cases they are hoping to invoke the Asch effect? Conformity in numbers leads to more conformity no matter how absurd it is. See the experiment in action:




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