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:
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.