On the daily

We have become simply consumers. But C-19 reminds us that we are actually citizens first.

Great writing about the opportunity we can take tight now.

“What happened is inexplicably incredible. It’s the greatest gift ever unwrapped. Not the deaths, not the virus, but The Great Pause. It is, in a word, profound. Please don’t recoil from the bright light beaming through the window. I know it hurts your eyes. It hurts mine, too. But the curtain is wide open. What the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. Here it is. We’re in it. Stores are closed. Restaurants are empty. Streets and six-lane highways are barren. Even the planet itself is rattling less (true story). And because it is rarer than rare, it has brought to light all of the beautiful and painful truths of how we live. And that feels weird. Really weird. Because it has… never… happened… before. If we want to create a better country and a better world for our kids, and if we want to make sure we are even sustainable as a nation and as a democracy, we have to pay attention to how we feel right now. I cannot speak for you, but I imagine you feel like I do: devastated, depressed, and heartbroken”.

On the daily

After a break in transmission

I had committed to a post a day but the last two weeks have been somewhat mental as we have all seen.

For me I have noticed that the core need to stay “up to date” has resulted in endless reading of well-sourced and totally not well-sourced content from all over the place which is entirely exhausting.

The confluence of a media now bought and owned by Left and Right along with the defunding of public broadcasters (BBC, NPR and ABC) and the emergence of Twitter which allows 7.7 billion of us to become immunologists over night eliminates a single source of truth. For the consumer of news there are (at least) two voices in our heads. One is “what am I reading” and the other is “how far left or right is the author, are they qualified and what are their sources”. With no trusted news sources the work of discerning truth from fiction is no longer with newspaper editors but with you and me. The double whammy is just like COVID-19, “facts” are so easily spread via Social Media.

I am not totally sure how we come back from this. Maybe it’s not a “coming back” but a leap forward into something brand new.