Challenge Half: mood

by post_author

My idea of a news source for limited English speaking population is mood, which is an app that approaches news from an emotion-based perspective. Most news elicits some sort of emotion from the reader, and in the era of fast news, the more you know about an article up front (such as the tone of it), the better. Additionally, anyone who has learned a second language knows that one of the first things you learn is how to say basic emotions. Therefore, for a population with limited English capability, something divided into emotion is easy and recognizable.

Therefore, Mood is split into six different basic emotions for the kind of news you want to read: happy news, sad news, funny news, neutral news, scary news, and angering news. If you can’t decide or don’t care, you can press the rainbow shuffle button and the app will pull stories from across the emotion spectrum.

Once you choose the kind of news you want, you can set the intensity of that emotion. Do you want to read something that just causes a chuckle, or do you want to laugh until you cry?

The bottom line of each news story is summarized into one, simple sentence for fast and easy consumption — perfect for non-fluent English speakers. There is even a three-emoji summary for those who are still largely illiterate in English. More advanced readers who want to learn more on the story can choose to read longer articles via the “read more” button, where they will have access to full BBC, Al Jazeera,  and other respected publications’ articles on the topic. If the reader is fine with the quick summer, they can click “next story,” where a new story on a similar intensity level will reappear.

“high scare level” news story

“medium scare level” news story

“low scare level” news story

You may also like