The opinions one is exposed to on these pages differs greatly from what one normally experiences in day to day life. This is (IMO) for two primary reasons. One is that people on here don't often temper their views, which I think is part of the attraction for the site. You feel you can hold forth on a pet subject with less restraint than you might otherwise apply at work, or with family/friends. Obviously, this has its downsides too as we are regularly assailed with extreme and strident (not to mention often pitifully ignorant) opinions. The second is perhaps that site self-selects for people with strong political views.
Has it struck you, fellow p.ier, that a particular cohort is represented in numbers here that stand egregiously in excess of their actual numbers in the Irish population (as you perceive it)?
Despite the now semi-permanent stench left about the site, I think the outright racist cohort are actually under-represented on p.ie as racists tend to be apolitical mouth breathers more likely to be looking up sports results or porn than frequenting here.
For me, it is the militant left/anti-Israeli cohort (to the extent where they are unabashed supporters of Hamas/Hezbollah) who seem to be most over-represented here. What do you think, and why?