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.
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.