It’s quite obvious, from where history stood that the media people and the government are using the same scare tactics used to alert us minions about certain unfounded bumps in the night, and the latest Corona virus is no different.
We can go back as far as the 17th century when the hysteria of witches were all the rage, starting in Europe and ending up in Salem, Massachusetts.
What had just begun to guide people into this hysteria? The invention of the printing press, the first mass social media outlet.
Every incident there after, that warranted fear and ultimately a repression of peoples’ rights can be traced to the government’s will over the people by instilling unnecessary fear into the social psyche, exploiting the press as their personal propaganda machine:
- Fear and persecution of minority groups.
- Repression of political ideas.
- Paranoia of change to the fabric of the social order.
In subsequent years where major breakthroughs in the means and method of spreading news and information, or lies and disinformation, the media and the government have walked hand in hand to tell the masses this new threat is on the horizon and we all must be vigilant to avoid catching this or that.
I’m not a naysayer in this latest news outbreak. Corona is a real virus that is spreading and has the potential of killing people if not treated. Prevention is more the key here then anything.
What I have issue with is the bombardment of misinformation that has come with this. It instills more fear that this is something that could kill anyone by just being near someone who looks Chinese, or coughs, or whatever.
Stop the hysteria, the disinformation, the bias and the propaganda. Let the healthcare professionals do their job and allow our government to fund the crisis as best they can.