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Amazon’s Political Heat Map Colors Book-Buying Preferences
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/amazon-political-heat...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/election-heatmap?tag=article-boardg...

Interesting that even CA and WA are red on this map.

It would be great if all these readers alternated - reading a red and then a blue then a red.... Maybe we'd have more understanding. (Although IMHO some of the books on both sides of the column are worthless crap.)
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The main two reasons to read political books are to either educate oneself about points of view different for yours or to enjoy reading a book that will say things you agree with.

In the light of that, it doesn't surprise me at all that conservative books outsell books that express left wing political views in pretty much every state.
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Amazon’s Political Heat Map Colors Book-Buying Preferences
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So if you’re upset because you feel your state has been misrepresented, go buy a book.

Uhh... from Amazon, right? It sounds like this doesn't cover books bought by people who shop locally.

Still, interesting data, and interesting use of the data.
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The main two reasons to read political books are to either educate oneself about points of view different for yours or to enjoy reading a book that will say things you agree with.

In the light of that, it doesn't surprise me at all that conservative books outsell books that express left wing political views in pretty much every state.

LOL. So you're saying that conservatives are buying books to get their daily dose of red meat, and liberals are also buying those same books to figure out what planet the conservatives are living on?
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tesuji wrote:
Amazon’s Political Heat Map Colors Book-Buying Preferences
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/amazon-political-heat...
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So if you’re upset because you feel your state has been misrepresented, go buy a book.

Uhh... from Amazon, right? It sounds like this doesn't cover books bought by people who shop locally.

Still, interesting data, and interesting use of the data.

Yeah, this is an unscientific report by Amazon only.

Makes it more interesting, I think - I have the impression there are more liberals than conservatives on the web.
 
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hibikir wrote:
The main two reasons to read political books are to either educate oneself about points of view different for yours or to enjoy reading a book that will say things you agree with.

In the light of that, it doesn't surprise me at all that conservative books outsell books that express left wing political views in pretty much every state.


Or that conservatives are cramming because they need to convince the voters more then the Democrates (I want to take something from you is a harder sell then I want to give you something). As far as I can see this is the number of boks sold, not the number of people buying books.
 
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In the light of that, it doesn't surprise me at all that conservative books outsell books that express left wing political views in pretty much every state.

"But," Obama's book sales are stomping Romney's, which seems to conflict with whatever conclusions you may be drawing about the consumers of the other titles on the page.

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Yeah, this is an unscientific report by Amazon only.

Makes it more interesting, I think -

I think it makes it less interesting, because you have to fill in the holes with more research your own preconceptions. It's not "what Americans are reading," it's "what Amazon customers are buying"; going by number of books might tell you something different than if you went by number of words or amount spent, or normalized by the amount spent on advertising by the publishers; etc., etc.
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First off, the title of the thread is completely and annoyingly incorrect. It's extrapolating data that was not mentioned in either article. Just because a book's writing is conservative or liberal does not reflect what the leaning of the reader is.

Secondly, I take umbrage with the inclusion of Ayn Rand on the list. Yes, there's become a post hoc inclusion of her work in the conservative's library. But it was also required reading for me in high school and I'm sure it is for others. As such, you're going to get a false positive.

Thirdly, I'll keep my umbrage with Richard Dawkins' book on the liberal list. There are atheists on both sides of the aisle, so that's incorrectly placed.


That's a valid point about the title. I assume that people buying books are mostly those who agree with those books. This still seems most likely to me.

Ayn Rand = The Prophet of the Tea Party. Do many liberals agree with her?

Richard Dawkins = The Religious Conservatives' Bête Noire. He's quite ant-religion.

Personally, I find Dawkins rather narrow-minded. Science is not about final answers, it's about finding better interpretation of data. As Karl Popper points out, facts and interpretation of facts are two different things. The history of science is one of continual revolutions and evolutions in understanding. There's no reason to believe we've suddenly figured everything out, or ultimately figured much of anything out as far as ultimate truth or reality. I believe in a God who wants us all to be scientists, to keep open minds and keep learning.


 
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tesuji wrote:
stpauler wrote:
First off, the title of the thread is completely and annoyingly incorrect. It's extrapolating data that was not mentioned in either article. Just because a book's writing is conservative or liberal does not reflect what the leaning of the reader is.

Secondly, I take umbrage with the inclusion of Ayn Rand on the list. Yes, there's become a post hoc inclusion of her work in the conservative's library. But it was also required reading for me in high school and I'm sure it is for others. As such, you're going to get a false positive.

Thirdly, I'll keep my umbrage with Richard Dawkins' book on the liberal list. There are atheists on both sides of the aisle, so that's incorrectly placed.


That's a valid point about the title. I assume that people buying books are mostly those who agree with those books. This still seems most likely to me.

Ayn Rand = The Prophet of the Tea Party. Do many liberals agree with her?

Richard Dawkins = The Religious Conservatives' Bête Noire. He's quite ant-religion.

Personally, I find Dawkins rather narrow-minded. Science is not about final answers, it's about finding better interpretation of data. As Karl Popper points out, facts and interpretation of facts are two different things. The history of science is one of continual revolutions and evolution in understanding. There's no reason to believe we've suddenly figured everything out. I believe in a God who wants us all to be scientists, to keep open minds and keep learning.




Religious Conservatism is however not all conservatives, even though it seems that’s what religious Conservatives what us to believe
 
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I'd like to see the age breakdown. I suspect that older people tend to read more and that the older generation are more conservative.
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I thought this thread would be about this:

Amazon Heat Map - Conservatives are buying the most books...to burn
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Kilgore_Smores wrote:
I thought this thread would be about this:

Amazon Heat Map - Conservatives are buying the most books...to burn


I was surprised they read at all. I thought they just repeated all the bs that saw on Faux ...I mean fox news.
 
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Secondly, I take umbrage with the inclusion of Ayn Rand on the list. Yes, there's become a post hoc inclusion of her work in the conservative's library. But it was also required reading for me in high school and I'm sure it is for others. As such, you're going to get a false positive.


ROFL - required reading?! I'm pretty sure it was on my high school's banned books list...
 
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Obviously, this proves two facts!

1). Liberals don't read, they only watch The Daily Show for their news.

2). Conservatives are cheap bastages!

Clearly, these facts are incontestable- because of SCIENCE!



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Perhaps the liberals are all reading pirated ebooks now, while the conservatives carry on our paper-based traditions.
 
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Perhaps the liberals are all reading pirated ebooks now, while the conservatives carry on our paper-based traditions.


Pretending this is a serious comment for the moment.

I woudl suspect that it's a case that they both pirate equaly.
 
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I would venture this completely unscientific thingy(technical term) might beshowing a differe.t frendesperation. At least for the moment(and in opposition to conventional wisdom) the dems seem to be fairly united and coherent in their msg, while the rep party is the one struggling to define and understand itself. All this reading could be people in the party tryingto research the beliefs of their leaders, or to reaffirm their stancesin the current quagmire. Likewise indeps like me will be reading more'red' books just to try and figure out what all the dust and noise is about.
 
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Who actually spends money to buy Ann Coulter's books? Or Sean Hannity's books?

 
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Amazon’s Political Heat Map Colors Book-Buying Preferences
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/amazon-political-heat...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/election-heatmap?tag=article-boardg...

Interesting that even CA and WA are red on this map.

It would be great if all these readers alternated - reading a red and then a blue then a red.... Maybe we'd have more understanding. (Although IMHO some of the books on both sides of the column are worthless crap.)


If you identify as conservative, you must absolutely hate Obama. That's a rule..enforced by amazon's heat map.

Libs go to the library.
 
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