This post links slightly back to our previous topic, 'Protest: Does it Work?'
Recently in our BNC lessons, we have been looking at good and bad news and why there is more negative stories on the news than there are positive. To recap, this is because our brains automatically look for bad news stories so that we can avoid the things that happen to the people involved in these bad news stories from happening to us. Because of this, if there is a bad news headline on the front page of a newspaper, that paper will be bought more than one that his filled with good news. This is called Supply and Demand.
Supply and Demand is one of the main reasons that there is more bad news than good news. Thinking back to the statistics we looked at in a BNC lesson, there was one that said 'A Russian newspaper lost 66% of its readers when it published positive stories for a day.' This is because of Supply and Demand. However, if it was the other way around, and people's brains scanned for good news stories, the Russian newspaper would have gained more readers and more negative papers such as The Sun would have lost some readers. Because of this, the readers have more power over what they read in them because journalists and reporters will want as many readers as possible, so will write about bad news. It all revolves around Supply and Demand.
This links to our previous topic of 'Protest: Does it Work' because during that topic nearer the end we were looking at how the news has an impact on protests and how it tends to focus on the negative, illegal and violent parts on protest. This is also because of Supply and Demand.
So now that we have taken a deeper look at Supply and Demand, I think it is fair to say that it is our fault that the news is so negative these days and that there is only 1 small infodemic I can think of that was good news: VE Day.
Do you think that, based on the information I just shared with you, it is our fault the news is negative? Do you think it's too late for us to make the news more positive? Can you think of a different positive infodemic? Let me know in the comments down below.
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