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Amazon maps red, blue states
GoErie.com ^ | September 25. 2008 | AMY MARTINEZ

Posted on 09/25/2008 5:34:37 PM PDT by Vision Thing

Amazon.com has found a way to capitalize on one of the most interesting presidential elections in U.S. history.

The Seattle-based retailer introduced an interactive map of the U.S. showing which states are "red" or "blue" based on their online book purchases.

Although it's not meant to predict the next president, it suggests that the right's slant on the Obama-McCain matchup is more widely read than the left's.

For now, 36 states are pink or red. Six are blue. And eight, including Washington and Oregon, are purple, meaning residents are virtually split in their political book purchases between Republican and Democratic viewpoints.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amazon; bluestate; booksales; electionpresident; mccainpalin; redstate

1 posted on 09/25/2008 5:34:38 PM PDT by Vision Thing
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To: Vision Thing

Conservatives can read. Many libs can not.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 5:36:46 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Vision Thing
interesting, but all that really proves is that Republicans buy more books (Or know how to read) from Amazon.
3 posted on 09/25/2008 5:38:57 PM PDT by txroadkill (Sarah Palin-- Vote for her?!? Hell, I want to marry her!)
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To: Vision Thing

“Amazon.com has found a way to capitalize on one of the most interesting presidential elections in U.S. history...”

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I guess. I don’t particularly find the choice between a moderate Democrat and an openly racist class warfare Marxist to be particularly interesting.

More dangerous than “interesting”. A very treachersous time for our Republic.


4 posted on 09/25/2008 5:39:48 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

How many libs buy the books, just to have them on their coffee table or bookshelf, to look cool or seem hip, or maybe start an “enlightened” conversation?


5 posted on 09/25/2008 5:39:49 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
Conservatives can read. Many libs can not.

That is uncalled for-you know the reason there aren't more blue states is that Amazon doesn't take food stamps. /s

6 posted on 09/25/2008 5:40:14 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Yup, libs tend to watch tv and movies. It’s much less effort for them than reading. That’s why tv and hollywood produce so much left-leaning stuff, whereas the book market is far more balanced.


7 posted on 09/25/2008 5:40:53 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Vision Thing

Proving once again that people who actually READ about politics vote Republican, people who EMOTE about politics and are “passionate” about their “issues” are democrats.


8 posted on 09/25/2008 5:44:05 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Vision Thing

I sell on eBay and I can tell you flat out. Liberal books don’t sell for squat.


9 posted on 09/25/2008 5:45:24 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (McCain Leads. Obama Phones It In.)
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To: Vision Thing

Really? Why? Can these jackasses just shut up and sell sh!t, please? Do we REALLY need every facet of our existence tied to this %@#$ing election? Is there ANY aspect of my life where I don’t have to process the names Obama or McCain?


10 posted on 09/25/2008 5:45:53 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (By Obama's own reckoning, isn't Lyndon LaRouche more qualified? He's run since the 70's)
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To: txroadkill
Interesting, but all that really proves is that Republicans buy more books (Or know how to read) from Amazon.

I wouldn't be surprised if libs mainly borrow books from the library. It sure doesn't support lib authors.

11 posted on 09/25/2008 5:46:05 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Vision Thing

One liberal scam is to publish a bunch of liberal books that nobody will read and then have libraries across the country buy them by the truckload.


12 posted on 09/25/2008 5:47:34 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (McCain Leads. Obama Phones It In.)
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To: EyeGuy
More dangerous than “interesting”.

Well, if you interpret "interesting" in the same way that the Chinese wish bad things upon someone by saying "May you live in interesting times", then dangerous and interesting are one and the same. :-)

13 posted on 09/25/2008 5:50:09 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Vision Thing
Picture of leftist book club gathering...


14 posted on 09/25/2008 5:51:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Vision Thing
The other day I was listening to a talk about networks where the speaker shows a network map of what book people read. The map shows that conservative readers read books that cite mostly other conservative books in the loop, while liberal readers read books that cite many more books outside the loop.

The speaker then argues that it shows conservatives' closed-networks of ideas that may be dangerous because they don't recevieve any new ideas. Meanwhile, liberals' networks of ideas are open. (Or, in the words of Ron Burt, they have many structural holes).

15 posted on 09/25/2008 5:53:52 PM PDT by paudio (Nobody cried 'racism' when Swann, Blackwell, and Steele lost to white guys in 2006)
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To: Vision Thing

As a bookworm/junky, this is fascinating. It’s interesting to see what each state is reading. I need to go adjust my wishlist.


16 posted on 09/25/2008 5:54:11 PM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
Conservatives can read. Many libs can not.

I think you are correct about that.

17 posted on 09/25/2008 5:54:21 PM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer .)
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To: Vision Thing
It's encouraging but I don't think too meaningful. I haven't bought any books, especially political books, for a long time. I'll wait and get them from the library or second hand, read what I need from the web.

So there will be more conservatives like me not represented there, but more importantly, many, many poor Democrats who don't buy political books and especially from amazon because they either aren't on the web or aren't too savvy about how to make online purchases, no cc, etc.

That wasn't meant as a putdown or racist as I make online purchases from different vendors, jumping through all the hoops to register, order and then checkout which can all be confusing and you have to watch what you are doing. Lately the only thing I purchased online were 3 asters because I don't know where I could have found that kind where I live. They cost a little more due to shipping but I get exactly what I want and start many others from seeds which is cheaper.

Now I'll check out the map again. It's all a trick, a push map :-). My state is clearly blue right now, not what they are showing. But it's fun and a diversion.

18 posted on 09/25/2008 6:02:15 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: word_warrior_bob
Proving once again that people who actually READ about politics vote Republican, people who EMOTE about politics and are “passionate” about their “issues” are democrats.

Well, I'm a bit torn about this dichotomy. Ever since Palin arrived on the scene, I've been very passionate about this election. And I cannot stop reading about the election on the Web. We'll definitely need a whole lot of passion on our side to win this thing in November.

But to agree with you, I'll say this: the issues that resonate with lib voters are mainly emotional issues: Hatred for Bush and Palin, mesmerized devotion to their obama, murderous zeal against the inconvenience of an unwanted baby, shall I go on?

19 posted on 09/25/2008 6:04:04 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
Conservatives can read. Many libs can not.

Even if libs could read, there would be no motivation. They are usually wrong, but rarely if ever in doubt.

20 posted on 09/25/2008 6:07:39 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
I sell on eBay and I can tell you flat out. Liberal books don’t sell for squat.

Liberal radio don't sell for squat, too.

So we've got a pattern here: Word-based media such as books and radio don't work too well for libs, but image-based media such as tv and hollywood are what libs consume the most. It's safe to conclude that libs are mainly attracted to shiny moving objects.

21 posted on 09/25/2008 6:10:09 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Vision Thing

Liberals don’t buy books, they steal them. That’s harder to do when the store is online.


22 posted on 09/25/2008 6:10:59 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Vision Thing

If you click the timeframe, the country is bluer earlier this year. For the past 60 days even CA has lost its blue and is now 50/50. Not sure what it means but it’s interesting.


23 posted on 09/25/2008 6:15:18 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Really? Why? Can these jackasses just shut up and sell sh!t, please?

Amazon's red-blue map is about selling: The election is big news, and Amazon wants a piece of the action. This red-blue map is Amazon's way of getting in on it.

24 posted on 09/25/2008 6:17:41 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Vision Thing

bmflr


25 posted on 09/25/2008 6:58:54 PM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: Vision Thing

Overtly liberal DVD’s and videos don’t sell for squat either. I had some very rare pacifist documentaries (chronicling the history of American pacifism from World War I and II) which retail for $250 each. They were a hard sell for $5 during the height of the anti-war movement.


26 posted on 09/25/2008 7:27:23 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (McCain Leads. Obama Phones It In.)
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To: Vision Thing

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000261611
I hope it doesn’t violate policy to post a link (I thought everyone would like to know what all the hullaballoo is over) :-D\.


27 posted on 09/25/2008 7:43:33 PM PDT by JSDude1
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