51. Coronavirus boredom

I have noticed that the public’s interest in coronavirus news is dwindling. This is hardly surprising, it has been an information onslaught. Everything else has retired into a discreet second plane, with coronavirus issues, be it lockdown, PPE, ICU admissions or economic impact, dominating the agenda. It taints all aspects of life. The news, printed and broadcast. Our shopping expeditions. Our WhatsApp groups and Twitter threads. Our exercise. And this has been going on for weeks. No wonder our sensibility to it is dulling and our interest fading. I, like many, cannot wait for a more normal situation where life becomes multi issue again. And then I thought of the World War generations. They would have experienced the same, but for 4 and 6 years respectively. The constant hammering of the same issue into their perception, the inability of anything else to rise above it, the dull, repetitive, unrelenting cacophony of different news which are really the same. Tough times. Tough people

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Ana said…
Adaptation. Adaptation is the only thing we cannot get bored of. We can't afford it. So adaptation to new hard and probably long situation that will bring changes we probably won't like is unavoidable...
Melkisecebe said…
Definetly... you have made me think that during this situation we have been invaded by one topic while neglecting others in a very obvious way... but, what about normal life, is this happening also, and we are not aware of that? Are there some topics that are always imposed on our agendas? What is deliberatly kept out of our sight? Is something to think about...
And regarding previous generations, I cannot stand this general feeling that we are going through something so hard...ok, this is not easy but come on, nothing compared to our grandparents, our to our fellow humans in low income countries. We want to be proud of being able to stay at home for 6 weeks while receiving free health care and a government subsidy? Whatever... we should be better be thankful to generations that put us in this privileged position to face a pandemic.
Niccy said…
Coronavirus has replaced Brexit as the topic of choice. That aside, I realised a few weeks ago that for me the most surprising thing about life at the moment is how normal it is. I don't mean that we have become normalised to these circumstances. I mean that tedious as it is, life goes on. As with any crisis, be it personal or larger scale, life continues to go on. We adapt and evolve and find ways to cope. And the monotonous news becomes so much background noise. I guess at some point, those people who lived through war accepted the circumstances would not change for some time and there was no other option than to keep life going onwards. Life gets in the way of life. But that would not make for quite such Hollywood-style over dramatic news.
SantiDominguezV said…
Ana, I absolutely agree, life challenges with new situations all the time, and success for individuals depends on how well they adapt. Somewhat Darwinian.

Clara, I am sure this is happening all the time, even during what you call 'normal times'. I am not sure suppressions are intentional, rather just an evaluation by journalists and editors of what they think their public will be interested in. After all, nobody gets paid in the media to generate content for the selected few (we have things like Twitteretter for that). As for previous generations, I think you are also right, they had it much worse. Our current suffering is very much luxurious suffering for most, except who are hospitalised and fighting death and their relatives. We think little of the plight of many everyday in our World, and do nothing to assuage it. We should not expect too much sympathy in our current, warm, dry, well fed (even too well), entertainment full confinement. let's not forget however that, even in our countries, confinement will be very tough for many. The poor and hungry. Those living in violent and abusive households. Etc.
SantiDominguezV said…
Hi, NIccy. Yes, I already published a few weeks back on the stages of grief, and as you well say, the last one is Acceptance. This applies not only to bereavement but to situations such as the one we are living today and the ones our ancestors lived with many times. If you cannot change it, you accept it, you change your frame of reference and you live on. This is one of the reasons why humans have made it this far.

And, alas, accepting it as normal is something we, the public can do, but the media seem to struggle with it. They drive it down our throats trying to exploit a certain morbid tendency in our interests, which they try to not only exploit, but foster. They will stop writing and talking about it once they realise nobody cares any longer.

Having said that, i keep also writing about coronavirus observations, as it is very hard for me to publish on anything else. If 50 of my Twitteretters will be about coronavirus, they need to be published now, and all else i am writing is waiting on the background to be released once the current topic is exhausted (you will be relieved to know i don't intend 1,001 posts on coronavirus)

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