Guessing Game #midtermmakeup

I thought that Katie’s blog post was significant after reading it. She discusses some issues surrounding the Media and how it is affecting the nation. She talks about how not only does the media produce fake news, but how it’s creating a culture of fear among American. Stores have been running out of toilet paper and other items because people are scared of what may happen in the coming days/months. She talked about how the president made a statement about how the lockdown could end by easter, and how that was an example of misinformation. 

I don’t know if I really agree with her on that because the issue with this coronavirus is that no one knows what is going to happen and know one really knows the best possible way to deal with it. Trump and his administration are working with the best public health advisors to try to deal with the virus and all of the repercussions it is creating. We have modeled how the US will recover after other countries, but this in itself is misinformation because as a country we are a lot different than others. Originally we were told that only older people could be affected by this, but as time went on, that was proven to be false. With this virus, everyone is learning as we go so there will be misinformation because we simply don’t know better. Everything is a guess, even at the professional level. 

Opinion | How Much Worse the Coronavirus Could Get, in Charts ...

Kristof, Nicholas, and Stuart A. Thompson. “How Much Worse the Coronavirus Could Get, in Charts.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020,

The power of the media in a time of crisis

When covid-19 was declared a national pandemic my view of the media changed from being something that was important to keep up with to something that was crucial for me to follow in order to keep my family and myself healthy. Without the media no one would understand the importance of social distancing not just for one’s own sake, but for everyone else around them. Lots of young people including some of my friends first ignored all of the talk about the virus because they were told that their immune systems could fight it off. Now that the media is stressing that young people can in fact become severely ill from this virus, and be carriers without knowing, more are listening. Once the media shared that more older people are dying because young people showing no symptoms were still going out, younger people started to self-quarantine. The actions of the general population in regards to what the media was telling us to do really shows how much power they have to control us. Yes, the government did give certain advisories in different hotspots, but it was mostly the fear that the media created that caused people to listen. 

In terms of remote learning, my workload has been lessened because all of my classes were discussion based, so now that we can’t have actual class I have much more time to do other things. I have tried cooking new recipes and I play with my dog a lot outside, but I still find myself being drawn to my social media accounts. The constant stream of new information about the virus affecting our nation and memes created in effort to help everyone cope is addicting and hard to put away. My urge to check my phone for Corona updates connects with how teens felt about myspace in Boyd’s article. “Teens often turn to sites like MySpace for entertainment; social voyeurism passes time while providing insight into society at large.” 

Works Cited

boyd, danah. (2007) “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital
Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Page 10