Mass Hysteria 2.0 – Swine Flu Edition (A Taste of the Future)

April 27, 2009 by and tagged ,

Mass Hysteria

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2 Responses to “Mass Hysteria 2.0 – Swine Flu Edition (A Taste of the Future)”

  1.   Badger Says:

    Yeah but maybe it is more honest to take the tougher academic line of saying BE VERY CONCERNED. THE moral panic argument is overdone and often dishonest: There is however a counter argument to yours – namely that despite the low possibility of their being a lethal pandemic in Europe that the very certainty that such a thing WILL one day happen should alert us to take personal responsibility. Your “moral panic” argument is the easiest academic path of least resistance ….the refuge of the lazy perhaps:



    •   SocProf Says:

      Actually, the cartoon is more about the so-called information or knowledge society and its promotion through new information and communication technologies.

      Personally, this swine flu thing evokes more Beck’s Risk Society or Kai Erikson’s A New Species of Trouble (pun probably intended). I also think this one additional data point of capitalism’s systemic collapse as it has everything to do with the global organization of food chains.


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