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Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear
MEDIAHEALTH

Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear

Published: February 28, 2020  |  5 min read, 926 words
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For journalists, it’s worth remaining alert to the dangers of spreading fear — a highly contagious emotion — in the face of uncertainty. New contagious diseases are scary. They frighten us because they’re unknown and unpredictable. The ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has received extensive media attention — coverage that can tell us a lot about how uncertainty in the face of such an epidemic can all too easily breed fear. For about a decade, I’ve been studying the role of emotions in journalism, including in the coverage of disasters and crises. Media coverage is vital... READ MORE
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February 28, 2020
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An excellent piece. One could stop there, but that would be doing a grave disservice to the timely and informative nature of the work. The Author's deep societal introspection, duly considered, and informed opinion, is matched only by the precision of her prose. It's measured style matches the thrust of the argument being proffered. Excellent sourcing only adds to the near perfection of the article. If one were to be able to read only one thing with regard to the referenced issue at hand, it would be this. An unquestionably important and worthwhile read. Five stars! As an aside, brought to mind, at least as far as your critic believes, is a relevant quote from the inimitable Samuel Langhorne Clemens. "Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval--a thing which, to the general run of the human race, is more dreaded than wolves and death." - Mark Twain
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February 29, 2020
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This article does an amazing job discussing how the vernacular chosen by media outlets drives the narrative of fear in the mainstream media.
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