Friday, September 15, 2017

Amazon just deleted over 900 reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book

Amazon just deleted over 900 reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book

The right-wingers make this sound like a conspiracy against them, but it was actually their own conspiracy that got unmasked.

Amazon saw an ungodly amount of reviews (1000+ in a single day), mostly with the very highest or very lowest score. Many reviews never even mentioned the book. Therefore, the company erased the reviews from anyone who had not actually purchased the book. That was perfectly sensible and completely justified by their evidence. With most best sellers, Amazon finds that about 85% of the reviews are written by people who bought the book from them. In the case of Clinton's book, it was 22%. Moreover, the average rating for reviews from unverified purchases was a 2.3, while the average from real purchases of the book was 4.9.

6 comments:

  1. As Stephen Colbert said, right to Bush 43's face, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

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    1. This saying didn't just originate out of nowhere, there is a basis in reality to it.

      This occurred a number of years ago so I might be wrong on some of the details, but the general background is correct.

      There were researchers a number of years ago who wanted to take a look into how people came to hold their political views and how would these views change as people became more informed.

      So, they got a bunch of people who had opinions on issues but who admitted that
      1.their views were based on general impressions and that they weren't well informed
      2.that they were open to being persuaded that their general impressions were incorrect. Of course, this isn't common which may suggest that these research findings weren't based on a random sampling of people that actually mirrored the general population. However, that aside...

      I believe they sought out an audience of 50% of people who held generally liberal views on some specific issue and 50% who held generally conservative views on that same issue.

      They then had them attend a debate between a person who argued the liberal position on some issue and a person who held a conservative position and they did this a number of times. Of course, interviewing people both before and after a debate their views on the issue being debated is nothing new.

      So, this wasn't the case for every debate, but consistently the audience that started out 50/50 ended up roughly 60/40 agreeing with the liberal position.

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    2. This is proof that a sample of self-described open-minded people are more likely to be convinced by a reasoned argument from a liberal than from a conservative. So maybe *rhetoric* has a liberal bias.
      Separately, Colbert's "reality has a liberal bias" generally holds. Global warming is measurably real, abstinence-only sex education increases teen pregnancy, The War On Some Drugs enriches organized crime and private prison companies. When confronted with unwanted facts, liberals are likelier to adapt, while conservatives will attack the messenger or fall back on the Bible or "they terk our jerbs".

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  2. "Reality has a liberal bias" is one of my favorite hilarious sayings of self-regarding liberals. It ranks right up there with "Visualize world peace"... and see what good it does.

    This is only making news because it's Hillary's book. Go to any Amazon book listing by a controversial political figure, and you'll find tons of five-star reviews by worshipers and one-stars by detractors, none of whom have actually read the book. That's why I usually ignore both and just read the 2-4 star reviews to find out what it might be like "in reality."

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    1. So, did you take seriously Trump's saying that he would 'make America great again' or did you find that hilarious as well?

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