Between new virus and news virus: A Contradictive situation in Covid-19 Pandemic

Wargadinata, Wildana and Maimunah, Iffat (2021) Between new virus and news virus: A Contradictive situation in Covid-19 Pandemic. Presented at ICONETOS 2020, UIN Malang.

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Abstract

The study was aimed to investigate the audience's reception of hoax news about Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) that spread in Indonesian the media (between April and June 2020) and the news impacts on society when dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. This research employed a descriptive qualitative study using a receptive analysis approach. The results showed that public reception of hoax news related to COVID-19 led to an active, constructive meaning of news encoding-decoding with meaning that tended to be of negotiation to adapt to their situation. In addition, the study also discovered that the tendency of opposition in decoding the news led the participants to reject the hoax news of COVID-19 altogether. Thus, hoax news related to COVID-19 did not significantly affect the audiences’ perceptions, but the news even positively strengthens the audiences’ attitude against the news itself. Indonesian audiences as described in this study are not easily led to the media’s propaganda, but they are academically-capable to respond and filter information about COVID-19 in the media.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: COVID 19, pandemic, a new virus, infodemic, news virus, the media, reception
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of Arabic Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Wildana Wargadinata, Lc., M.Ag
Date Deposited: 01 May 2021 06:15

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