This year has been an unbelievable combination of forces, which by April has left hundreds of millions in their homes. Social distancing is defining life. The economy obliterated by an incredible pause in economic activity, as all gatherings, events and regular life are cancelled. We have been in a retreat, limited to groups of people under 1000, 150, 10, 5, and now 2.
The lasting cultural effects are predictably ominous. Authoritarianism has been on the march in this century, and the world we emerge into after this pandemic may be unrecognisable. Super rigorous protocols of ID and location surveillance, with hard borders between countries, and even states. A global economy in severe recession, as the US staggers toward a general election involving Donald Trump.
It's a dangerous timeline and corporate media is heavily compromised. Their deference to political leaders and corporate owners makes them an antagonistic force to the public. In the time of COVID19 their disinformation has a body count.
It's best to be informed, and I recommend following these journalists on Twitter and via their podcasts.
Sarah has been consistently reporting on the authoritarian and demagogic tendencies of Donald Trump since early in the 2016 campaign.
Co-host of Gaslit Nation podcast.
Seth is a must follow on Twitter, with a stream of information and news contextualised in real time. It seems a lifetime since the Mueller Report explored Russian involvement with the Trump team in the 2016 US election. Trump was later impeached for an entirely separate criminal matter, and that too feels years ago.
Jared Yates Sexton
Co-host of the Muckrake Podcast.
Kashmir published an astounding story in January 2020, about Clear View. A technology that unifies all facial recognition data in real time, allowing for strangers on the street to ID you.
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Balaji played a key part in recognising COVID-19 early and sounding alarms on Twitter. His information sharing got many people into gear long before governments took action.
Bio: Taught bioinformatics at Stanford. Papers in clinical/microbial genomics. MIT TR35. Cofounder/CTO of biotech co sold for $375M