The IRL podcast was a perfect listen for everything that is going on the world in the current moment. It really starts fast and furiously jumping into the “vaccination debate.” We are at a point in society where we are hyper opinionated when it comes to the idea of vaccines. Now, I’m not here to talk about how I feel about it, that isn’t the point. More so, you can analyze how people react to it in general. That is the beauty of the online society we live in today. We have been given the opportunity to share these ideas online and start a legitimate conversation on topics like this. I find that to be the beauty of the online communities we have been able to cultivate, at the end of the day, they are spaces for us to all unite and be a part of and share ideas and thoughts among the masses. So, even though most would disagree with those who believe in the negative effects of these vaccines, it is still amazing and imperative that we have an online space for us to have conversations and share our thoughts and opinions on it, just like we can share on a plethora of other things. For example, when they talk about how people are editing videos of how children are reacting to a polio vaccine, so they can control the narrative and push the ideas that they wanted to, I thought that was fascinating. It really puts into perspective just how much power social media has over us as a society. Later in the podcast, they speak on how we live in a “low trust” kind of society. I find that to be an interesting take on where we are as a society. It sounds harsh, in that it sounds like we are a low caring group. Considering how much of our time is spent on our devices in this new online space, it is easy for us to get lost, and to feel as though we are only as good as we are perceived to be online. I do not know how much I agree with that, nonetheless, I Think it is important for us to try and use our presence online for good; to build eachother up and let people know we are all in this together, especially in a climate we are all currently experiencing with the coronavirus.
Speaking of coronavirus, I might as well give some updates. Unfortunately, my parents have gotten sick, and due to the scarcity of testing, we must treat it as coronavirus without knowing for sure that is what they are dealing with (although the nature of what they are dealing with certainly seems like it is.) I’ve been doing my best to keep up with my coursework and what not, but I’m sure some if you have noticed I haven’t been as present with our coursework as of the last two weeks, and I apologize for that. I really do enjoy our time together and the distraction from all the negative that our time together can offer, and I feel as though I have truly done a disservice to all of you by slacking the last couple of weeks, even if the circumstances are out of my control. I just want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you as our cohort is truly amazing from the standpoint of offering support for one another.