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Old 03-22-2020, 02:28 PM   #21
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"While information technology has benefited humanity in so many ways, its consequences are troubling. Having a device in our hands that offers easy answers to any need tends to reduce our cognitive capacities. I have actually designed a course for first-year business students to try to repair the intellectual damage of smartphones. Big data has sorted me into tribal communities of people who think like me so I won’t need to be challenged by ideas (I’ve banned or blocked those who disagree with me). I’ll follow Google Maps to get from Point A to Point B; I’ll download an app that will write my term paper; I’ll find someone interesting by swiping right. In exchange, I have surrendered any analytical, critical capacity to make sound personal judgements – I lack the ability to properly manage risks. We have become sheep with all of our needs taken care of as we follow our tribe, follow our phones, follow the wolves…"

I'm tired of it all and I disagree with so much of the response. I'll leave it at that. Like one other poster mentioned in a different thread, something to the effect the economic consequences will be much more dire than the health consequences.
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Old 03-22-2020, 10:46 PM   #22
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So who else is experiencing COVID-19 overload? I saw a headline on my web home page that said "Rep Mark DeSauliner in critical condition with pneumonia after..." and immediately thought "now we have a Congressman with COVID". But clicking on the article I see he broke a rib and contracted pneumonia. Best wishes to the Congressman in any case.

In another post I linked a survey where 12.8% of Americans are afraid they already have COVID-19, when the data shows at worst case (say 15 times the current confirmed infections) less that 0.1% currently have it.

I think tomorrow I won't look at any news or forums
So I basically took 24 hours off and feel much better

All I did today was play a computer wargame (this one if you are interested, read the Johnson era of Karnow's Vietnam, cooked dinner, and started watching the miniseries Containment on Netflix with DW. The later is rather over-the-top compared to COVID-19.

I only read a few headlines here and there, and logged in here after DW went to bed. Recommended.
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Old 03-23-2020, 03:48 AM   #23
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Social media - any electronic means for people to interact should provide relief for from feeling isolated - phones, video chats, forums, etc. of course they are going to be full of wild stories as usual. Thatís just kind of the human condition. But if people canít interact electronically, far worse, IMO.
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:55 AM   #24
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I logged off on Saturday after I got overloaded here. After two days, decided to peek and still feel I need more time away. Just too much info, both accurate and wild.

My choice. Nothing wrong with you all, you are all good. Off to my garden again for a while. Take care.

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