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Public health pandemic communications has been a disaster

Public health pandemic communications has been a disaster

A public communications expert critiques the public health communication during the pandemic – and finds it to have been a total failure, and along the way, destroying trust and credibility in public health. The long-term consequence is few believe public health, with good reasons. This is not how it should have been done.

Facebook deletes woman’s Instagram account: Her offense? Had used “Metaverse” name since 2012

Facebook deletes woman’s Instagram account: Her offense? Had used “Metaverse” name since 2012

An Australian woman has been using the IG identifier “metaverse” since 2012. Without warning, FB/IG/Meta deleted her account and accused her of “impersonating” Metaverse, a name that FB later adopted. Took the media to be involved to get FB/IG/Meta to restore her account. As she could demonstrate she was using the name for her business since 2012, she could, with legal help, make an IP claim against FB/IG/Meta.

CNN dug its own grave

CNN dug its own grave

Cable “news” long ago morphed into entertainment with celebrity reporters and anchors, more interested in flaming emotions than informing you. The result is to divide society into angry camps. U.S. media has devolved to such an extent that it is hazardous to everyone and to the country. The latest round, with CNN’s firing of Chris Cuomo is just that – yet another round where these clowns were caught. This is what they are now – clowns.

Yes, next question? “Is Facebook Bad for Society?”

Yes, next question? “Is Facebook Bad for Society?”

Starts with the right idea but then focuses on extremist posts on FB rather than that FB is the largest frictionless propaganda platform in world history. Hint: its not just extremists or just right wing propagandists. The sole purpose of the platform is propaganda. New comments from a former Facebook employee has once again raised questions about its approach, and the consequences of such on society. Source: Is Facebook Bad for Society? New Insights on the Company’s Approach Raise Important…

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We are being horribly manipulated by the media

We are being horribly manipulated by the media

The media is manipulating your thinking on covid-19 and relative risks by headlining daily body counts and new cases counts. In my state, the odds of being hurt in a car crash – today – are very similar to the odds of being diagnosed with Covid-19. The odds of being hospitalized due to a car crash are many times greater than being hospitalized for Covid-19. But which one do you fear and have daily panic attacks over? Probably not the car crashes. We are being manipulated by media and public health officials who are frequently acting like quacks.

What ever happened to AOC?

What ever happened to AOC?

What ever happened to AOC? From her election in 2018 throughout 2019, she received massive media attention – even across the country here in the Pacific Northwest. But now in 2020, she has largely vanished from the area news cycle? Why is that? My guess is she was used as a propaganda tool, especially to engage with younger voters. Like all politicians she said some silly (dumb) things, especially on Twitter, and by 2020, an election year, perhaps she was viewed as more of a liability than asset and no longer the optimal propaganda messenger. Do you have an alternative explanation as to why she has mostly disappeared?

Public health messaging was a fiasco: “Coronavirus: Six months after sheltering, why things fell apart”

Public health messaging was a fiasco: “Coronavirus: Six months after sheltering, why things fell apart”

Public health messaging in the pandemic has been a fiasco of inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent messaging.

A 2006 paper by four epidemiologists explained that most public health mitigation steps do not actually work. First, the measures that might work – like lockdowns – are understood to be infeasible over wide regions or countries and not sustainable. Many other steps that seem intuitive do not work well or do not work at all, or have no evidence to support that they work.

Combine ineffective public health mitigations with lousy public communications and you end up with a fiasco.

Wild fires: Is everything a single variable problem?

Wild fires: Is everything a single variable problem?

Western state Governors are increasingly blaming climate change for western wild fires, as if the wild fires are a single variable. If only we could control the climate, we would no longer have wild land fires. Realistically, there is no magic control knob on climate that we can control and which will reduce fire danger for decades to come.

There are concrete steps that can be taken immediately to reduce the threats of future wild fires – but politicians would rather blame climate change – which they do not control – because to acknowledge there are factors which they can control is to acknowledge that their leadership has failed.

A common mistake people make is to focus on a single variable in a multiple variable problem. In this case, the focus is on one variable that cannot be controlled in the near term, while ignoring other variables that can be controlled.