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  •  Facts? What facts? (0+ / 0-)

    Your opinions aren't facts. All you have presented are opinions. I asked you what your criteria are, and you won't answer so I am assuming you base your beliefs on things your dog told you.

    If data show what you say is true, present the data. If there is evidence beyond the one link to a small publication that you provided, please provide said evidence.

    Calling your opinion factual does not make it so. Only those with a remarkably inflated ego claim other people are biased and they are factual without presenting evidence.

    If you are claiming that sheer volume indicates importance, then there are plenty of sources that have compiled such data. Link to data or shut up. I'm sure you already have such data readily at hand, right? I mean, you would never leap to a conclusion and only THEN try to find data to back up your claims, right?

    Well, I think you are getting strident and making unjustifiable hide rates because you know you've done just that.

    •  do your own research (0+ / 0-)

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      AOL's data lists Occupy Wall Street as the #8 most popular news search in 2011, behind Osama bin Laden's death, Gabrielle Giffords' shooting and Casey Anthony. Though comScore Inc. declined to provide traffic data for the site, Alexa.com ranks OccupyWallSt.org as #1,556 most popular site in the U.S., with 8,612 sites linking in. That's not quite as popular as Oprah or The Daily Show, but 5X more popular than Bill O'Reilly, 23X more visited than the official Tea Party website and almost 100X more trafficked than SarahPac.com (Sarah Palin's website).

      •  So you are admitting that popularity = importance? (0+ / 0-)

        Okay, so now we need to do some research to determine if you are right. You provide one huffpo article, that is not evidence. What I want is the scholarly study that you based your opinions on, the one that measures more than just search popularity, but also seconds of airtime, Nielson ratings of the airtime, and column inches along with subscriber data.

        Internet searches of all stripes are open to manipulation, you know that, right? That is why online polls are not considered reliable. News is still more than just websites. You fail to provide compelling data that your opinions are factual.

        You are using the logical fallacy of appeal to authority.

        •  you can write your own most important list (0+ / 0-)

          that maybe what Time is doing.  however, i doubt that considering their other entries in the top 10.

          •  So what nefarious thing IS Time doing? (0+ / 0-)

            OOOOOOhhhhh! Conspiracy theories, I love those!

            Guess what? No top ten list of ANYTHING EVER PUBLISHED is factual. All top ten lists are opinion, don't you understand that? Claiming that there is some objective, external measure for "top" anything without defining "top" is ridiculous. Your attempts to bring "facts" into a discussion that is by its very nature pure opinion simply makes you look arrogant, self centered and egotistical. It makes you look like the sort of person who can not honestly differentiate his own opinions from fact.

            •  top 10 biggest defaults (0+ / 0-)

              top 10 countries around the world by wealth
              healthcare
              income inequality

              numbers are everywhere if you're willing to use them.  plenty of data to definitively say one way or another what the top story of 2011 was.  it's not easy but can be done.

              and is.

              •  If you define top, then it is valid. (0+ / 0-)

                As I mentioned. It is only when you don't qualify "top" with things like "biggest defaults" or some other measurable, quantifiable function that "top" becomes pure opinion.

                You did no research. I know this because you refuse to provide it. "Do yer own research!" is the cry of those without fact to back up their opinion, and everyone knows it. You may as well write "I am completely without facts" because everyone knows that is what you mjan.

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