The Coronavirus has intensified the latent dystopian nature of our society. For example, propagandistic media has become part of our everyday lives, starting at the top of the federal government. Every day, the president holds a press conference where his vice president holds up a chart reminding American citizens about the importance of social distancing and “flattening the curve.” At the same time, journalists have been reporting on how the Tr*mp Administration has mishandled the Coronavirus pandemic. In class, we have discussed how the people in power manipulate information to control the masses. So far, the works we have discussed have focused on the ways that they have hidden information from the masses. However, in our contemporary moment, this manipulation seems to occur in the opposite way.
Since I spend most of my time sitting around the house, looking for any way to connect with the outside world, I find myself scrolling Twitter and Instagram mindlessly. I have found that interacting with social media has been a more reliable means of finding the most relevant information pertaining to the pandemic and what it means for my life personally. I have found that as I watch the briefings, futilely looking for a nugget of fact that I can use, I am abreast of the topics mentioned in the questions from the press. Even though we are literally drowning in information about the coronavirus and its myriad implications through global society, I am finding that this access has given me the opportunity to hone my critical thinking and research skills and made me more confident in my ability to discern the credibility of the information that I am consuming.