Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Swine Flu Sickness: It's Over (isn't it?)

Meaning, sick of the swine flu saga. . .

Trying to keep up with all the swine flu news items has become too time consuming, but I've noticed, as I'm sure many of you have, the following blips from media about the flu:

1. World wide
2. It's slowing down, if not pretty much over
3. Schools have closed down; the day after three schools in my city closed down, media reported that the "U.S. government" urges schools and other institutions not to close down.
4. No cure
5. It'll be back, stronger than ever, in the Fall
6. xenophobia reigns; (China's quarantine of travelers with Mexican passports, Americans calling it the "Mexican flu," and so on. . .)
7. Contradictory messages and images, often right next to each other, about hand washing, school closures, potency, deaths, . . .
8. References to bird flu, pandemics, and the Spanish flu of 1918
9. Local health agencies "getting ready" for medicines, stockpiling, even though there's no specific "swine flu" anecdote
10. Fear, confusion, contradictions, distractions.
11. Origins debate: it came from Mexico, from Canada, from Fort Dix.
12. Scapegoating and animal sacrifice: pig slaughters

It'll be interesting to see what the Fall brings in terms of swine flu, and the media-government response.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I knew how to make one of those word search graphics boxes with the larger words the more they are used? because I bet it would be very reveling.