After a year of lockdown we have become a nation driven by distant opinion. We are no longer able to observe things for ourselves. Our views are formed through the media. Sometimes it’s the headline grabbing press. Or the ever hungry 24 hour television news channels. Or Bodj with his PR managed, economically truthful sound bites. Or increasingly, the angry knee jerks of social media.
Over the last twelve months we have all developed a Covid Lens. A new way of observing things in our locked down age.
Through this lens all issues simplified :-
Everything is black or white.
You’r on one side or the other.
Discussions are arguments.
Listening is not required.
Facts are selective.
Phrases are repeated endlessly.
Experts are everywhere and nowhere.
Opinions are instantly formed.
Every view is polarised.
Reasoned discussion and debate has gone out of the window. In this soundbite, lockdown world, you only see through a Covid lens or you just stop listening.
But, who do you believe ?