Life is a bit chaotic this weekend, but as we head towards what looks to be a rather drawn out election season, here’s a quote to keep in mind:
“The public’s ‘opinion’ on almost any issue will be a function of the question asked.”
-Neil Postman, Technopoly (as found on Twitter)
The exact wording here is important…”a function of” does not mean the question fully makes the opinion, but rather that it transforms it in ways that can often be predicted. A good thing to remember when you see headlines saying “the public supports ______” or “low public support for _______”.