People’s reactions are from a New Zealand Herald article, published on 6 Jan, 2022 08:32 AM.
The reactions for this article were taken from the comment section on Facebook (before the usual comment blocking came in). The screenshot below was the original post on the day. The main point I want to demonstrate, in this article, is that people are bored, tired, and fed up with what the media is feeding us. Notice in the screenshot, that the majority emoji reaction for the article is the “Haha” emoji – Which is interesting for something that was so posed to be taken seriously. Also notice under the article how the comments are now blocked. If you’re new, welcome, that’s how NZ Herald operates. Usually you have about 30 minutes before they disable comments ‘for our safety’.
I won’t go into detail about the contents of the article. Truth-be-told, NZ Herald is reporting the news. There was such a thing as ‘flurona’ thrown around.
While there is a large consensus that you find ‘the worst’ in comment sections, the reason why I’m using the following screenshots, is because I’ve seen a big shift in people’s reaction and reasoning. And people’s reaction to “Flurona” has really opened a lot of new eyes.
From article to article (regarding New Zealand Covid-19 news), people are getting more and more tired of the bias reporting and fearmongering. I can’t quantify the shift in numbers, but over 6 months now, it’s been a bit of a hobby of mine to read the NZ Herald comment section. The public opinion has really shifted dramatically, and from my deductions, the majority is against the BS media reporting.
Here’s the screenshot of the top comments on that Facebook post:
Not just a funny flurona story that people make fun of
I’ve recorded some reactions from this article too, back in December 1st 2021. “Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Unvaccinated people nine times more likely to seed outbreaks – model“
Old news, debunked, but I won’t go into the contents. This is something we’ve covered before. Something we’ve been writing about; see Covid Authoritarianism: Dehumanisation of the Unvaccinated
But in here I want to show people’s reaction. See some of the following comments:
People won’t let go so easily
When the Delta variant came to New Zealand, a majority (from my perception), was kindly listening to the media, accepting and fearing their fate. Now, however, more of us Kiwis are fed up and are standing up to crap, bias reporting.