I’m so sick of hearing about C****.
Are two face masks better than one?
Who cares? It’s never going to go away. It’s been around for a year already.
My own view is that it’s yet another exaggerated threat, like tobacco smoke or Global Warming. It seems to be a characteristic of our time to amplify any threat. Perhaps this is simply in order to sell it better to more people. Or perhaps because there is a single news culture that tells the same story to everyone.
But the result of crying wolf at every small threat is that people like me stop believing what they’re being told, and greet every new claim with automatic immediate scepticism.
I grew up in a world where everyone smoked everywhere. They smoked in pubs. They smoked in restaurants. They smoked in trains – which even had their own built-in ashtrays. About the only places they didn’t smoke were churches. Smoking was normal, and it had been normal for hundreds of years.
And then one day they started telling us that Smoking Kills. And smoking started being banned in more and more places, until smoking was banned almost everywhere.
But smoking doesn’t kill. It doesn’t kill like bombs or bullets kill. And it’s an exaggeration to say that it does, And anyone can see this. And so thst’s where disbelief starts. And that’s how disbelief spreads. If they’re lying about tobacco smoke, what else are they lying about? They probably lying about everything.
I was asked today if I wanted to be vaccinated against C””””. I said No. I don’t want protection against an exaggerated threat. And the vaccinations seem to kill quite a few of their recipients. And also I don’t believe that any effective vaccination is possible anyway. Microbiologist Legiron:
Decades of research have not come up with a single effective coronoavirus vaccine.
The War On Smoking began a long time ago, but it gained its greatest momentum in the aftermath of WW2. And WW2 was accompanied on both sides by a great deal of propaganda. And propaganda always entails exaggeration. Propaganda is untruthful. Propaganda aims not to inform, but instead to shape opinion in desired directions.
It would seem that the propaganda wars of WW2 were immediately replaced at war’s end by the propaganda Cold War and a propaganda War On Smoking, with the propaganda machine retasked to new purposes.
Propaganda: Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
The propaganda never ended. And now it is ubiquitous. And everybody knows they’re being propagandised. Everybody knows that they’re being lied to, all the time, about everything.
And when that happens, the propaganda stops working.
Brexit may well have been aa propaganda failure. Britons were being told by the mainstream media that they should remain in the EU. That was the propaganda message. So it was expected that when they were given a vote on the matter, they would vote to remain in the EU. It was a tremendous shock when they didn’t. But perhaps it was simply a rejection of propaganda. Told to think one way, they responded by thinking the other way.
Same maybe with Donald Trump. Told repeatedly how awful he was, Americans responded by voting for him,
We can expect more of this. The propaganda isn’t working any more.
Perhaps it’s time to do something unthinkable: like simply tell the truth.