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The spread of coronavirus is frightening especially because there is still so much we don’t know about the virus. This has created an environment where conspiracy theories have exploded across social media creating a dangerous scenario for governments seeking to build trust, and an opportunity for those wanting to create chaos. As Foreign Policy Magazine explained,
“Long dismissed as absurd, conspiracy theorists on social media are increasingly posing a potential global threat—and becoming an asset for states looking to disrupt the geopolitical narrative and spread disinformation.”
“The belief that one is privy to forbidden knowledge offers feelings of certainty and control amid a crisis that has turned the world upside down. And sharing that “knowledge” may give people something that is hard to come by after weeks of lockdowns and death: a sense of agency.”
Why This Matters: Here in the United States we, unfortunately, have a leader who is looking to spread chaos and stoke division. President Trump has been fanning the flames of coronavirus conspiracy theories and his followers (as well as many other Americans) take this as the truth as it’s coming from our commander-in-chief. While medical experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have commented on the likely cause of COVID-19 (live animal wet markets) the truth is whatever one wants it to be on social media.
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by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with diverse appointees, Granholm […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer While some of President Biden’s cabinet nominees have had tumultuous hearings this week, but Tom Vilsack was easily confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday. Vilsack held the same post for the entirety of the Obama administration and spent the interim years working as a dairy industry CEO. During his […]
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