We’ve selected for you the most engaging news (tweets) from Australian news media for the week 16 October 2020 - 23 October 2020
How We Choose
We understand them being the most engaging by checking the comments. Those that have comments with logical fallacies of a particular kind. For example, if a comment contains Personal attacks (Argumentum Ad Personam), or Emotional Appeal to Anger we consider this tweet a triggering piece of news, or if it contains False Dichotomy Fallacy, then it’s probably a Food for Thoughts. There are other logical fallacies included into each group, see the group details below.
We prepared a couple of pieces of news for each group: “Triggering”, “Food for Thoughts” and “Team, Status Quo, and Better Life”.
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In this group during last week, the two most emotional tweets were
“Tense scenes are unfolding in Melbourne as police clash with anti-lockdown protesters near the Shrine of Remembrance.”
This tweet received a lot of comments with some good examples of emotional appeals, personal attacks and even name-calling, both towards protesters and police.
The protest happened on Friday the 23rd of October, which is a public holiday in Victoria, it was really big and the topic of the protest is very important.
DEVELOPING: Tense scenes are unfolding in Melbourne as police clash with anti-lockdown protesters near the Shrine of Remembrance.— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) October 23, 2020
Live updates: https://t.co/cJEKGvcoeo
Latest coming up at 4.00pm and 6.00pm on #9News pic.twitter.com/BeMvsvOnci
“It can make for uncomfortable viewing as the Premier switches from the jovial, matey tone he reserves for male journalists to the barely concealed disdain…”
Some all good name-calling, advices of proper heading for the article but overall very reasonable comments.
The main topic of discussion is behaviour of female journalists who were asking Daniel Andrews some questioins in an uncomfortable way and difference his reaction and attidude towards these journalists and others which happen to be male.
OPINION: It can make for uncomfortable viewing as the Premier switches from the jovial, matey tone he reserves for male journalists to the barely concealed disdain he appears to have for the contingent of women who’ve challenged him. https://t.co/8CTJa4EyEl— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) October 20, 2020
Food for Thoughts
In this group we included pieces of news that inspire comments that looks much like logical fallacies
- Appeal to Ignorance
- Reduction to Absurd
- Conspiracy Theory
- Fallacy of Composition or
- False Dichotomy.
I this group last week, the two most prominent tweets from Australian media were
Food for Thoughts 1
“Russia suspected of Cold War-style microwave attack on CIA agents …”
Some Consipary Theory references and Reduction to Absurdity examples.
CIA agents suspect being attacked with microwave weapon while in Australia https://t.co/g3iKmdMotp— ABC News (@abcnews) October 21, 2020
Food for Thoughts 2
“Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry has demanded new affidavits from key players…”
This quarantine in Victoria has severely impacted the businesses and lives of ordinary people, they are not happy with quarantine organisation and management by victorian government. Opposition uses these feelings to push for the inquiry.
Breaking: Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry has demanded new affidavits from key players, including Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, as it attempts to get an answer as to who made the call to use private security.https://t.co/f1cyAD9vYF— The Age (@theage) October 20, 2020
Team and Status Quo
The last group is inspiring readers for comments that look much like these logical fallacies
- Appeal to Authority
- Hasty Generalization
- Appeal to Popularity
- Appeal to Tradition (appeal to common practice) or
- Slippery Slope.
In this class during last week two the most noticeable pieces of news were
A Better life for everyone 1
“Experts say Victorians have a one in a million chance of getting the virus, yet five million of us are still locked down…”
People are protesting exactly because of that. Some comments with Appeal to Autority and Slippery Slope examples.
OPINION: Experts say Victorians have a one in a million chance of getting the virus, yet five million of us are still locked down, proving the government has lost sight of what it’s trying to achieve. https://t.co/1d6mMmKSq5— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) October 19, 2020
A Better life for everyone 2
“The Wallabies could become the first Australian national team to take a knee for BLM”
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