Attitudes Formation toward Minority Outgroups in Times of Global Crisis-The Role of Good and Bad Digital News Consumption.

Publication date: Mar 13, 2024

This paper examines the relationships between the consumption of ‘bad’ or ‘good’ digital economic news and attitudes toward immigrant and ethnic minorities during the crisis that developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study considered attitudes toward two minority groups in Israel: immigrant citizens from English-speaking countries, and Israeli Palestinian citizens, an ethnic minority. The data were collected through an online survey of 866 respondents, who were members of the majority population group. The study found that, during the global crisis, exposure to bad digital news was associated with more positive attitudes toward both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged minority groups. Moreover, in times of global crisis, people focused mostly on local rather than global digital news. In contrast to the idea of Intergroup Threat Theory, the study revealed that feelings of economic threat during the global crisis engendered higher cohesion between different population groups, and more positive attitudes toward minorities. In times of crisis, bad news for the economy brings good news for social solidarity-people tend to rally around the flag; this phenomenon even occurs between groups engaged in years-long, protracted conflict.

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Concepts Keywords
Basel attitudes toward immigrants
English COVID-19
Minorities digital news consumption
Pandemic ethnic minority
Rally threat


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO population
disease MESH unemployment
disease MESH uncertainty
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease VO frequency
disease MESH shock
disease MESH lifestyle
disease IDO country
disease VO effectiveness
disease IDO process
drug DRUGBANK Spinosad
disease VO time
drug DRUGBANK Aspartame
drug DRUGBANK Pentaerythritol tetranitrate

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