Coronavirus boosts community spirit and nationalism

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is boosting both nationalism and community spirit, unleashing shifts in attitudes that would usually takes years to trickle down, according to a survey released on Thursday.The survey of six nations from across the globe reveals that COVID-19 has also prompted more people to want to work for organizations committed to social improvement, researchers said.”People are more and more aware of what’s happening in their community, and also becoming more critical about it,” Martijn Lampert, co-founder of Dutch research agency Glocalities, said. Topics : “There’s a lot of opportunity now for change because in times of crisis, things become more fluid, and changes can happen much faster.” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The COVID trends report is based on two surveys of attitudes among 4,271 people in six countries, the first taken before the crisis and the second when much of the world was in lockdown.The number of people who said they were strongly involved in their communities has risen by 10% in Italy, 9% in the United States, Britain and Netherlands, and 6% in South Korea, while remaining stable in Brazil.”It’s a strong trend. Normally you’d see such changes over multiple years,” Lampert said.center_img Faced with a common health threat and separated from wider society by a global lockdown, people have focused more on their immediate networks and those close to them, he said.”People want to contribute and are more interested in social improvement. They’re becoming a bit less selfish,” he added.However, the survey showed the pandemic had led to a “shrinking” of lives and a more inward focus, exacerbating a trend towards nationalism that was evident pre-crisis.Mistrust of others had grown and tolerance for different philosophies had fallen. Trust in national governments had gone up, while people had lost faith in international organizations.But Lampert said declining openness and internationalism had prompted pushback from those who are more global or egalitarian in outlook – “creating fertile ground” for social activist movements like Black Lives Matter.”You see declining tolerance and a shrinking world on the one hand, and on the other you see a reaction against that.”The survey was conducted before the explosion of racial justice protests around the world triggered by the death of George Floyd while restrained by police in Minneapolis.The findings also showed a greater trust in science.”After a prolonged period of public criticism of experts and the promotion of ‘alternative facts’, science – and education in general – is making a comeback because our lives depend on it,” Lampert said. “We’re in an age that requires more transparency and truthfulness.”Two in five respondents in Brazil and a third in the United States thought their governments had been untruthful about the pandemic. last_img read more

Beat writers offer grim predictions in Syracuse’s date with No. 6 Florida State

first_imgAfter a close win over Wake Forest, Syracuse (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) stays at home to take on No. 6 Florida State (18-3, 6-2) on Saturday at noon. Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will end.Connor Grossman (13-8)ChoppedFlorida State 84, Syracuse 65After more than a month of harmony in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse finally loses on its home court for the first time since falling by 33 to St. John’s on Dec. 21. Florida State has proven itself over and over again as one of the nation’s best teams — facing six ranked conference opponents in succession and winning five of those contests — and Syracuse’s season has simply gone the opposite way. SU didn’t do much against similarly-ranked teams like Notre Dame and UNC to offer much hope that it can stand up to a quality conference opponent. Perhaps SU will hang around for the first 20 minutes, but expect the Seminoles to close out this one handily.Matt Schneidman (10-11)Six godsFlorida State 75, Syracuse 66The No. 6 Seminoles won’t shoot 28.2 percent (20-of-71) from the field again like they did in a shocking 22-point loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. Florida State, led by Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and freshman standout Jonathan Isaac, is one of the most shocking teams in the nation in terms of how it started the season. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 21, Leonard Hamilton’s squad won five of six games, all against ranked ACC teams. What won’t be shocking, though, is the result in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson (14-7)Sizzling baconFlorida State 73, Syracuse 59This game would be much easier to pick if Florida State didn’t lay an egg against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night with a 22-point loss. But even though the ACC Wheel of Confusion landed on the Seminoles, FSU is still a much more talented team than the Orange. Florida State boasts a well-rounded attack between Rathan-Mayes, Bacon and Isaac. The Seminoles have only lost three games this year for a reason, and they’ll be too much for Syracuse to handle. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 26, 2017 at 10:49 pmlast_img read more