Could there ever be a positive infodemic?

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Hello, my name is protective_dusk, and I am here to discuss the very important question, Could there ever be a positive infodemic?

So firstly, what is an infodemic? Well, an infodemic is where there is a lot of news on the same topic, like the coronavirus pandemic. An infodemic can be stressful, annoying, and boring for people because they have the same news that they mostly know about.

Now, could there be a positive infodemic?

There could be a positive infodemic, but it is highly unlikely. Scientists are saying that people have something called a negative bias, which means people are attracted to negative news. When we find some negative news, we want to find out more about it. This is because our brain wants to keep us safe from danger, so we do not come to any harm.

But, putting that paragraph to one side, there COULD be a positive infodemic. It is POSSIBLE! It is definitely not going to happen at the moment, but you never know, in the future, there MIGHT be a positive one. If it was on space, and for example a rover spotted aliens, there would be lots of news on it, and it is pretty much a positive infodemic.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. What do you think? Will there ever be a positive infodemic? Put your comments and opinions down below!

protective_dusk.

Comments (17)

  • Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
    02 Mar 2021

    Hey protective_dusk!! It's analytical_sea here, and I wanted to say one of my thoughts when reading this. There are some reasons that ALL INFODEMIC IS GOOD!! Just like the pros of infodemic, though overall I think it's bad. I have a reason: Infodemic or fake news is good for newspapers, youtubers, magazines and people on social media who can spread this fake news. You say in your post that we naturally like to find out more about fake news, and i think that the magazines, newspapers, youtubers and users of social media can get more popular if people are dieing to find out more about the infodemic they are spreading and writing/talking about!

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    1. Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
      analytical_sea's comment 02 Mar 2021

      I disagree, because people are dying, and don't you think that is bad?! Youtubers, though if they don't have another job they have to get popular to earn money, but rather die or be homeless, but still have friends to go to for help? Really, I don't know why you think it is good in my opinion.

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      1. Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
        peaceful_raccoon's comment 03 Mar 2021

        Why are people dying? Also, I don't think it's good I just wanted to say a reason of why it might be good, tho overall I think it's bad.

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        1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
          analytical_sea's comment 03 Mar 2021

          Could you explain what you mean, analytical_sea? I think you might be getting a bit confused between the words pandemic (the spread of covid-19) and infodemic (when there is too much news about something). At the moment there is an infodemic about the pandemic. But could there ever be an infodemic about something good?

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  • Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
    02 Mar 2021

    If a rover did ever find aliens, then it would actually be a negative infodemic. The aliens could potentially takeover the world, only if it ACTUALLY happens, which I doubt. Many people would die to the invasion, just like covid-19. On the other hand, though, it could, very unlikely, be a positive infodemic. Scientists could find more out about them and know what they're capable of to then adapt to their (good) ways. It could be a massive breakthrough for the world and it could improve our ways of living. It is possible like you said, but in my opinion, I don't think there will ever be an alien invasion any time when we're alive (even though I know you were using it as an example). People are more attracted to bad news, because otherwise say when they looked at the news before (as an example) it was allowed to go outside on public transport, because cover-19 had officially ended. Then, you would go outside and on the bus, but say a huge wad of coronavirus came back and you would be in hospital with the others. Then again, an infodemic can be exactly the opposite feelings for other people (like me), and absolutely love the infodemics, although the massive disease. For scientists, it is DEFINITELY stressful, trying to figure out better ways to get rid of this infodemic.
    That's my opinion,
    peaceful_raccoon

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    1. Hammond School logo valuable_vegetable | Hammond Junior School D
      peaceful_raccoon's comment 03 Mar 2021

      I think that there is a possibility for aliens on planets such as Mars (which is in what you call the Goldilocks zone which means if there was water on Mars, it won’t freeze and won’t evaporate) but there is no chance for “alien invasion”. This is because, let’s be honest with ourselves, life is not a never-ending science fiction story. If we found aliens, they wouldn’t have things like guns and spaceships because there’s no recourses on the planet Mars. And even if they could make that sort of stuff, scientists would have spotted their equipment using a telescope. There have been so many viewings of Mars, and we all know that they never found any alien spaceships or equipment. Because of this, I think that it would be a positive infodemic because a) it would be a discovery of new life on a new planet, b) scientists could take a look at their DNA and study these aliens so that they know how they survive on Mars which could lead them to discovering how us humans can live on Mars if all hope on Earth is lost and c) there is no chance of alien invasion unless they are able to hijack a ship and fly it to Earth (which is extremely unlikely). So I think aliens being discovered on any planet really would be a positive infodemic.

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      1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
        valuable_vegetable's comment 03 Mar 2021

        Wow - you have really thought about this deeply from lots of different angles. I have awarded you with a star for showcasing some excellent problem-solving. Well done!

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      2. Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
        valuable_vegetable's comment 03 Mar 2021

        It does depend on what type of "aliens" there are, I think.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo adventurous_raisin | Penketh Primary School
    03 Mar 2021

    Thanks protective_dusk looks it is quite an interesting topic! I personally think there can never be a positive infodemic but there will always be at least one small unpositive thing about it.There might be a nearly, nearly positive infodemic. Thanks again.
    Adventurous_raisin xoxo

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      adventurous_raisin's comment 03 Mar 2021

      Can you give an example of something that might be a "nearly positive infodemic"?

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  • Braiswick Primary School buzzing_morning | Braiswick Primary School
    03 Mar 2021

    Really interesting. Great post👍

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    07 Mar 2021

    I agree with you when you say ‘There could be a positive infodemic, but it is highly unlikely’, because people DEMAND more bad news, this is an advantage to media/tv stations or websites because all they have to do is keep SUPPLYING bad news to get more followers. This is called SUPPLY and DEMAND.

    Did you know, scientists believe that there are 2 main reasons why we want more negative news than positive without even realising;

    1. Negative news could be a signal that we need to change what we're doing to avoid danger. As you'd expect from this theory, there's some evidence that people respond quicker to negative words. ... So our attraction to bad news may be more complex than just journalistic doubt.

    2. Negative emotions generally involve more thinking, and the information is processed more thoroughly in our brain than positive emotions, he said. Thus, we tend to consider more about unpleasant events and use stronger words to describe them than happy ones.

    However, in my point of view, if a rover or a satellite ever did find aliens, then it would actually be negative news because people tend to get scared and frightened over what they can’t understand e.g. aliens. We could be frightened over nothing because aliens wouldn't know a thing about our planet, let alone make tools and resources to invade us.

    On the other hand, this COULD lead to an alien invasion for we would think that they would be a threat to us because we don’t know what they would be capable of and secondly, aliens might think we’re a threat to them because they don’t know what we’re capable of as well. Either way, aliens could be a threat to humanity, therefore, it’s negative news. More so, it has always been a sensitive issue where government and higher officials have made sure they keep this matter as suppressed or hidden as much as possible. They do not want the truth to be out there.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      discreet_drum's comment 08 Mar 2021

      Thank you for this reply, discreet_drum. Great research with the New York Times article that quotes this scientist. Remember to always put any direct quotes in "speech marks" and let us know where you found your information. Also, I'm interested to know how us being frightened could lead to an alien invasion - could you elaborate?

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    This is a great post well done!

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    I think it would be possible to have an imfodemic of good news many more people read bad news than good news but an imfodemic is when you get too much of one piece of news it would be nice to have a positive imfodemic but it would also make more than 10% of good news online.

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  • happy_duck | Whyteleafe School B
    24 Mar 2021

    It would definitely be possible to have infodemic. Great post:)

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  • Hammond School logo educated_dragonfly | Hammond Junior School D
    30 Mar 2021

    I think that there would be a positive infodemic because say if aliens do exist and they make it to the papers; people would would to know about it because it's new and it's a question we have all wondered about but never solved. Also they could find things on other planets (that you couldn't find on Earth) helpful for finding a cure with COVID-19. Going to the moon helped us invent new things why can't other planets help us too.

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