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Belarusian experts discuss hype in analytics

Politics 11.12.2019 | 12:48

MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Hype in analytics was discussed at a regular meeting of the Expert Community project in BelTA's press center on 11 December.

Director of the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR) Oleg Makarov believes that irresponsible analytics is a layer between true analytics and propaganda. “These reports, thoughts, positions can hardly be called propaganda. It is very difficult to understand who stands behind them. They contain narratives that are out of touch with reality, which can be attributed merely to the lack of analytical thinking and special education. Such reports can be compared to semi-finished products,” he said.

Oleg Makarov
Oleg Makarov

Founder and Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations Yevgeny Preigerman believes that such a hype in information space is sometimes the result of someone's urge to make headlines while lying on the sofa. “Sometimes it is done out of sheer idleness, sometimes it is done to boost one's ego, sometimes it is just a way to earn money, hence attention-craving headlines. Journalists like such headlines,” the expert said.

Yevgeny Preigerman
Yevgeny Preigerman

Political analyst Yuri Shevtsov believes that analytics reflect the turmoil going on in the world. “The world has plunged into uncertainty. This led to the domination of tactics in political establishments. Everyone is trying to maneuver, survive, and get off the hook. Therefore, the analytical community does not get incentives to offer real strategic solutions. Hence reliance on mass media, because mass media can provide some earnings. However, this will come to an end in five or ten years,” Yuri Shevtsov said.

Yuri Shevtsov
Yuri Shevtsov

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