Information about positive and negative infodemics

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Information about positive and negative infodemics

Would people be more interested in positive or negative news?

Even though good news is great and uplifting for lots of things, people are more interested in bad news because we can learn from bad news and try our best not to repeat the mistakes that others made, or that we’re already making. It can inform us of serious things so that we are prepared and ready for it, or to make sure that we aren’t doing things that contribute to the problem (without us knowing) and to help make it better instead.

Is an infodemic most likely going to be negative or positive during this time?

As COVID -19 continues to spread, there’s most likely going to be more negative news to scare you, even when it’s not entirely true. In addition, this could also lead to scams to take your money and details by mentioning something dangerous and something that you love, or like your family e.g. if you got a message saying ‘covid is more deadly and dangerous than ever and your family could have the symptoms without knowing, click on this link and give details so that we can help your family survive this deadly virus’. Lots of people out there aren’t aware of scams like this, so they could easily get tricked into giving their personal details by clicking on a link or going to a fake website and have your money and ID stolen. During a pandemic such as this deadly virus, as humans it is expected you will hear and see both negative and positive reactions from people, its human nature. There's always going to be a party who will not agree when another party agrees on something.

How might someone’s perspective affect their opinion of an infodemic?

It could affect their opinion because they might see something from a different angle from where I'm standing whereas I might see something entirely different which would also affect their understanding of the situation. But, nobody would be wrong because different people are viewing the news from different perspectives. If someone hears something on the news, everyone is bound to have a different opinion as everyone has their choice to do so.

It shouldn’t lead to any arguments for everyone has different feelings, choices and opinions because of the way they normally think or how they react. It depends on what you think about the news and how you feel about it e.g. Schools are closed in your area but they are open in other areas.

What if two people see or hear different statistics about the same issue, one positive and one negative? Is this fair?

This is unfair because why should only some people get the right information? Everyone should get the truth otherwise no one would know what to believe and could end up trusting the wrong information. A more in-depth explanation of this is that more negative news is spreading than positive news and more people are reading these fake websites which can affect peoples’ confidence to put more fake news on the internet. This can cause many infomedics because according to scientists, people find that fake news is more interesting than factual news.

We could solve this problem by encouraging others to watch and read news on tv channels and articles such as BBC because journalists and reporters that work there report the correct information and spread true things which is good. Reporters and journalists are responsible for bringing us the true news.

What is bad about hearing so much negative news?

The bad thing about hearing lots of negative news is that because people demand it people who post news supply more by sometimes making it up. This is called ‘supply and demand’ which fake newsers do a lot. Because of all this fake and negative news, people don’t know what’s true or what to believe and could end up trusting wrong information and more fake websites.

How can we stop infodemics spreading?

We could stop an infodemic by being critical when you look at social media, don’t leave false information in your online networks, you can politely ask the person who shared it to remove it, report the false information to the platform administrators, when in doubt, take the time to verify the shared information and make more noise than people who share false information.

Another way to stop infodemics from spreading is to tell other and to do it yourself to ask yourself these questions:

  • Has the story been reported anywhere else?
  • Is it from a reliable source?
  • If there’s a photo or image, has it been taken out of context?

I got my information and facts from BBC.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and if you agree or disagree with my post and explain why so I can amend it and respond back.


Comments (6)

  • katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
    12 Mar 2021

    Thank you for your very interesting post, discreet_drum. The way that you have broken the topic down into key questions before researching the answers is exactly how we create our sessions for the Issue. I have awarded you with a star for showing some excellent problem-solving.

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

    Thanks Katie, I appreciate it!!

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  • IMG_20190712_205025_2.jpg EXPERT: Terry Timmons
    19 Mar 2021

    I enjoyed reading your post and was very impressed by the way you set out the various points and then argued for against each one. I also liked the fact that you posted your source. Well done on a well-researched and well-presented post.

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Liam Porritt Trainee @ Clifford Chance
    14 Apr 2021

    I really enjoyed reading this, discreet_drum, so thank you :) In your section 'What if two people see or hear different statistics about the same issue, one positive and one negative? Is this fair?', I think you are getting at the idea that everyone needs to have access to accurate information to make sure people are each forming views based on 'reality', rather than on fake information.

    However, I wanted to challenge you on the idea that 'everyone should get the truth'. Do you think that we should therefore just have one media source (e.g. the BBC) and that all 'true' information should come from this source, with all other outlets banned? Are there any issues with this, particularly when we think about articles expressing an opinion, rather than just 'facts'?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    14 Apr 2021

    Thank you for replying to my post, I appreciate it.

    In my point of view I believe that, no, I don’t think that we should have one media source because not everyone will be watching, reading or listening the same media source, some people might be reading, watching or listening other media sources, e.g. Sky, ITN. Secondly, in a democracy, people have the freedom to set up media companies that provide news, it would not be a democracy without free news companies.
    On the other hand, media companies are controlled by the law and provide accurate and true information, other companies like Facebook and Twitter have yet to see themselves the same way as the BBC and Sky. One day, the law might change and force them to ensure information is true.

    For the second question, people can have an opinion however, responsible media companies might not allow opinions that may cause harm, for example, people who deny the existing of Covid.

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