English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Read the original source of the important annual survey into British social attitudes. The NatCen Social Research has conducted the British Social Attitudes survey every year since 1983 and the 31st report was published in June 2014. Here’s the link to the original:
Source: Key findings | BSA 30 | NatCen
Most UK national newspapers are cherry-picking from this report, showing their political bias, and pandering to what they think their readers want – to drive up circulation. It’s understandable that newspapers want to increase their readership but surely their central purpose is about reporting the news accurately? Otherwise, why not rely on social media like this blog highlighting the source of major news? It makes me wonder at the motivation of many newspaper owners and editors?
Here are the key themes emerging from the survey:
- Live & let live society
- Losing faith in key institutions
- Changing cultural attitudes
- Tensions between individual and state responsibility
- Social & demographic changes towards Britain in 2043
I recommend that you read the original report. It provides some fascinating insights.
If you’ve an interest in false news, look at some of the mainstream media’s coverage of this survey. You should soon be able to see spin and bias. For example, the Guardian claims:
Public tolerance of austerity is collapsing as support for higher taxes to enable more spending on health, education and policing increases, according to the latest British social attitudes survey
Actually, there’s no direct evidence in the survey to support individuals’ propensity to accept increases in both direct and indirect taxes, like VAT.
Perhaps we should ask the Guardian:
Where’s the evidence to support that individuals will pay more tax to offset rising public services? Will individuals put up with a 5% VAT increase for example?