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During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Don’t Tell Stories

We are living through a story vacuum. In urgent and ambiguous situations, people will seek out and consume plausible stories like water in the desert. Once an explanatory narrative is adopted, it’s extremely hard to undo— even if it is a conspiracy theory, xenophobic lie or a “cure” that can kill.

 

 

But there are more dangerous stories than the worst-case-scenario predictions. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, people are taking to social media, spreading conspiracy theories, racism against Chinese-Americans and misinformation about cures. Some people believe coronavirus is a Chinese bioweapon; others drink a “Miracle Mineral Solution” in hopes of a cure—despite the fact the FDA has said it would be the same as drinking bleach.

Source: During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Don’t Tell Stories


By Eve Reiland

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