Statements of alarm by newscasters and glorification of wannabe experts are two telltale tricks of the fear mongers’ trade. In the preceding chapters I pointed out others as well: the use of poignant anecdotes in place of scientific evidence, the christening of isolated incidents as trends, depictions of entire categories of people as innately dangerous.

“The Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner

Watching this whole coronavirus pandemic is interesting.

It’s interesting to see how people are reacting (or not).

It’s interesting to see how the media is presenting things (or not).

It’s interesting to see how companies and governments are responding (or not).

Things are changing fast right now.

Work is taking precautionary action, so my work routine is shifting.

An upcoming volleyball tournament and the Sun Run have been canceled, and I would not be surprised if other recreational activities to start shutting down soon as well.

I’m only half-joking about all the memes going around right now when I saw that there ain’t no toilet paper left anywhere. The grocery stores are all sold out, and there’s a many wait week on Amazon.

I just sincerely hope y’all get vaccinated when the vaccine is available.

And I hope y’all never skip a flu shot again.

Those of us who took an introductory journalism course in college remember the teacher pounding into our cerebrums the famous dictate attributed to John Bogart, city editor of the New York Sun in the 1880s: “When a dog bites a man that is not news, when a man bites a dog, that is news.” Everyone expects black crime victims, the argument goes, so their plight isn’t newsworthy. Here is how a writer for the Los Angeles Times , Scott Harris, characterized the thoughts that go through reporters’ and editors’ minds as they ponder how much attention, if any, to accord to a city’s latest homicide: “Another 15-year-old shot to death? Ho hum. Was he an innocent bystander? What part of town? Any white people involved?”

“The Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner

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