Hello, this is my first post here, Oleg pointed me to your community.
Everybody knows media influences us, but how? Maybe there is a possibility right now to shed some light on this. Hear me out:
Being a UX designer I’m sensitive to user behaviour and change management and I found it very interesting to follow how the sentiment towards the bundesrat and the counter-measures they chose changed over time. I got the feeling that many media outlets and also politicians where quick to complain about pretty much everything, while the public opinion in my bubble stayed pretty calm at first.
Over time, we got told over and over again how this whole thing sucks, that we have to be tired from it and that we can’t wait for it to be over and return to our previous normal life. Of course, we all hope for it to pass by but I have the feeling this sentiment was amplified by the media telling us we had to feel bad. Or on the other hand, are there positive effects for example in the homeoffice or with cooking food?
My hypothesis is: the sentiment in the media will be visible in how the public percieves with a slight delay.
This could be visualized with two lines on a timeline.
(I have to say I’m only a UX Designer and from now on this is just me connecting some technologies I’ve heard of or been in touch over the last year or two)
How this could be achieved:
- Media articles: You probably know about the CCC talk where the author collects the Stern (?) articles and analyzes them. Most outlets have a corona category, if we run a sentiment analysis on those articles, we might be able to get their general sentiment on the topic to any given time.
- We used the Amazon API to test sentiment on short messages in a hackathon last year, and it worked in German and even sorta worked with simple Swiss German. This could be used on
- Comments on said articles
- Twitter Hashtags
- Publicly available polls
- Movement Data
Ideally this could be used to practically remind the writing guild how they can help us through times like these by inspiring us instead of pulling us down.
What are your thoughts on this?