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Online platform containing only positive/funny content regarding various global problems/disasters

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Povilas S
Povilas S Mar 08, 2022
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A "news" site that focuses on providing only funny content and positive factual information related to the ongoing massive problems/disasters such as wars, pandemics, natural disasters, etc. There could be different versions of the site for both global and local news.
Reading news about massive disasters is depressive and while it's important to stay informed it's easy to slip into a downward spiral of negative thinking especially if the problem is long ongoing and you keep reading the same saddening news every day.
Reading something positive/funny related to the problem pushes you out of the negative mindset and helps to balance your emotions which in turn brings more positivity to the surroundings through social interactions and might bring the motivation for people to constructively deal with the problem rather than just crying about it.
Even though you can stumble on such positive/funny info from time to time on social media or elsewhere on the internet, it is rather scattered and there's no one specific place you could go to, to have a dose of positive emotions regarding that particular topic.
How it works:
It would work in a similar way that social media platforms work. You'd register and create a profile. Then there would be separate channels dedicated to posting/reading information on separate topics. You'd link memes, bits of positive information from sources scattered all over the internet and post it to that channel. You could compose your own memes, post insights, etc.
There should be moderators checking every post to make sure users don't provide disinformation or post something obviously depressive. This is not to say that this should be a "sunshine lollipops and rainbows" feed, the posts could be proposals for constructive solutions, calls for action, reports of something positive that happened in the midst of the catastrophe, irony, self-cringe, etc.
The moderators should make sure that all the factual information posted (if it's not an obvious joke, meme, etc.) is legit and not based on opinions, wishful thinking, etc. Professionals in the fields that are relevant to the problem (journalists, politicians, scientists, etc.) could be responsible for maintaining the "positive news" part of the feed, there could be separate sections for positive factual information (news) and everything else (memes, jokes, insights, etc.).
An issue to deal with:
The line between positive and negative (or even neutral) is subjective and there's no easy way of grouping the information into good and bad, and I'm not sure how to deal with this problem except from relying on opinions of the moderators. Any ideas?
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Mar 14, 2022
It's a needed information source since there are tons of negative things happening right now. I would like to hear more funny or positive stories that enlighten human good deeds, bravery, and empathy.
Not enough information
What I see as a big potential flaw is that it could end up being heavily criticized, since no information could be presented as a whole without people asking themselves "why", "how it came to this", or "what's the underlying story".
"Ethically questionable"
I am afraid this platform and the information on it would be heavily reduced to match the desired form, offering readers just "happy" or "funny" segments of, for example, war. It doesn't sound good. It would be like, use this platform and ignore the war, it's no big deal.
Small popularity
If, on the other hand, you try to find only positive news that does not relate to wars, pandemics, etc., you'll end up having fewer readers, since there would be no information on hot topics. At the end of the day, everybody wants to be informed.
Due to all of the above-mentioned, how would you make people use it and stick to it?
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 months ago
The platform would be just like a backyard to go to when you're tired of the almost constant bad news you encounter on the topic elsewhere, not in any way to encourage you to ignore the war or look away from important, problematic topics.
People wouldn't be supposed to go there looking to get informed and updated on that topic generally, there's the rest of the internet for this - just type the topic to google or elsewhere and you'll get a dose of general news to stay informed.
So every visitor of the platform would be expected to understand what it is and what it is for (just to get a dose of good emotions to balance the bad ones evoked by mostly depressive news you encounter everywhere else, and only when you seek that consciously).
To ensure that random users stumbling upon the platform accidentally would understand this, there might be explainers, drop-down notifications, etc., saying something like " beware, this platform is not meant to provide you with general information on important global topics, to stay updated, please read conventional news sites", etc.
The sites that Darko Savic linked in the comments are an example of how similar platforms exist even though people could mistake the information to be serious rather than take it for what it truly is - satire. Just my idea is not about having only satirical content.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola2 months ago
One idea could be just to turn every title into a positive-sounding. It would be done by highlighting the positive stuff first, in the title and in the article. It would be sort of a "positive first" approach, similar to the sandwich technique of giving comments on someone's work.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
So if I understand this correctly, the idea proposes:
A news site that covers all the same topics as everyone else, HOWEVER, the focus is on finding only positive bits and expanding on those. For example, covering Ukraine the site would talk about individuals saving animals, kids being taken to safety by strangers, refugee corridors being secured, etc.
The idea sounds pretty cool and feasible when put like that
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 months ago
Darko Savic Yes, exactly. Just it would also contain funny content - memes, jokes, irony, also people's insights on the topic that are positive and inspires feelings of hope, etc. It would be a place you can go to, to get a dose of good emotions regarding a certain topic.
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice2 months ago
Reddit? I think at this point I just get my news in meme form first, then wait till the end of the day to watch the world news as confirmation.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 months ago
Contrived _voice Reddit is a good platform, but If I go to Reddit and type "Ukraine news" in a search box it gives me all kinds of scattered channels that are related to my search words.
The idea is to have a place to go whenever I need some positivity ONLY regarding a certain topic. I know there are probably some channels and users on various platforms posting only memes/funny info regarding specific topics, but you'd have to dig for them, so it's not convenient. Such a specific platform would allow you to get a dose of positivity/humor regarding any topic which is otherwise mostly or entirely depressive.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
Would The Onion and The Babylon Bee fit the description?
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