Posts in: Covid 19

What it's like to be the target of a COVID conspiracy

This one really pissed me off. Three pretty ordinary people (a prop artist, a molecular biology professor and a physician) had their names, images and likenesses swiped in the service of COVID-19 conspiracy claims. Three ordinary people just using the internet to conduct and publish their research, to entertain, or to connect with others. After my wife and I had a miscarriage earlier this year, Dr. Rockwell’s story in particular makes me pretty furious.

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We found rage in a hopeless place

With the sheer connectivity and externalization of interior emotion in the 21st century, there’s probably a sharper awareness of the grand totality of angers flowing around at any given moment, and what it’s like to feel, get indicted by, or caught up in them. The social platforms give us this neon cat’s-in-the-cradle paradigm where you can see how X leads to Y, and pulling here tightens this over there. Whatever problems existed before the pandemic, they just seem to have been frozen in time and deepened, along with all the new iterations.

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Different realities

When You’ve Lost Someone to QAnon→ I’m still hoping to convince my parents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but these conversations are getting more and more frustrating. It is becoming apparent that we inhabit two different realities. Facebook and the Telegraph app are (still) particle accelerators of dangerous misinformation, and this weekend I heard elements of every conspiracy theory under the sun. It’s tempting to write off the 30% of the country that believes the 2020 election results were fradulent or stolen.

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