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It is not uncommon for my relatives or friends to talk about crazy ideas. But now other people’s belief in jokes or bad information feels dangerous. These Drug is a miracle cure! Accuse this billionaire due to the virus!
I tried to find out what we can do if someone we love believes in coronavirus conspiracies they see online.
What I learned is that we have to have empathy for people who are afraid of a scary illness. We should be on the lookout for those who have reasons to misinform. And with Trust in declining authority figures For many Americans, we can provide good information to people who trust us and model good behavior.
“Conspiracy theories seem to prevail particularly in disasters and tragedies when people lose control and try to understand the world,” he said Brendan Nyhan, a professor at Dartmouth College who examines misconceptions about politics and healthcare.
We are fallible. Sometimes we worry about the wrong things. Reasonable people can disagree, especially if knowledge about this virus is constantly changing.
But Nyhan said it was counterproductive to use too much energy to refute people we disagree with whether it is so Friends, talking heads on TV or politicians. If we focus all our attention on misinformation, he said, “Communication focuses too much on what is not true and not what is.”
Instead, he said it was better to amplify accurate news. Credited to Nyhan Sports stars like Steph Curry, Health officials and animators who have helped spread the message that the coronavirus is dangerous and that the best way to protect people is to stay at home and keep distance from people outside their homes.
Like these celebrities, we can share helpful information with people who believe what we say.
Nyhan and DiResta, who have written extensively about misinformation about vaccines, said they are concerned that fear-raising or lack of trust in government agencies could undermine a potential coronavirus vaccine. Maybe we can help there too.
Maybe your brother trusts the C.D.C. not, said Nyhan, but he probably trusts you, the headmaster of his child and his church deacon. You should advertise the importance of vaccines. Someone in our lives relies on us. And we can use that trust to inform ourselves and protect our communities.
Amazon dominates online shopping a little less
We spoke in Wednesday’s newsletter about the mixed experiences of people shopping on Amazon in this pandemic. There is evidence that many shop more than usual in locations other than Amazon.
After years of spending more of our online spending on Amazon, Americans are moving in the other direction for now.
For every dollar the Americans bought online during the week to April 10, about 35.5 cents went to Amazon. Until then, according to market research firm Rakuten Intelligence, Amazon received about 40 to 44 cents from every dollar spent online.
It’s hard to know exactly why. Companies like Home Depot and especially Target as well as the food delivery service Instacart receive more of our online dollars than usual, according to Rakuten figures. It can be because We buy more foodthat people don’t usually buy on Amazon. Or at Amazon Bottlenecks and shipping delays can turn some people off.
Amazon’s delivery times, which averaged two days, were four days in mid-March, Rakuten said. Delivery speeds have dropped again. The delivery times of other companies, which usually take longer to deliver than Amazon, have also slowed down.
Entertaining fact: Before this pandemic, physical business accounted for approximately 85 percent of American retail spending. If this crisis causes us to shop more online, Amazon will be a big winner. But more competition could result in everyone making more of our money.
Before we go …
If the boss takes care of the details again: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has focused on the big picture for years plunged back into the daily management during the pandemic my colleague Karen way Reports. Bezos participates in daily product inventory calls, is obsessed with coronavirus testing, and participates in Amazon’s response to public criticism.
Is Twitter good now?? A trio of my clever and funny colleagues discussed this. Personally, if my options are: scroll on Twitter, wash my endless stack of dishes, or think honestly about my own fears … then TWITTER IT IS.
TikTok influences how musicians name their songs. To make sure people can search for their songs online, Musicians change vague tracks Rolling Stone writes that “ily” matches the text snippets people hear on TikTok. Many people discover new music in the dance routines of the short video app. Also: you have to welcome that Creativity of teenagers doing a prom on TikTok. Look at these girls!
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Bob Ross caresses a baby deer. That’s it. Just look at it. (And if you share my love for the productive, scenic landscape painter of television, You will enjoy it Secret of where all of his artwork went.)