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  •  9-11 Created Little for People at Home to Do (0+ / 0-)

    The example of what happened that day is not close enough to use as a test.

    Media coverage was extensive and there was little if anything people could run out and do to protect themselves.  

    In addition to looking for news on the current status of the incident (pandemic) massive numbers of people will be looking for what to do, what to get and where can they get it.  Many will be looking to the internet for that kind of in-depth information that general media will not and cannot offer.

    We are also talking about sustained closure of schools and probably some businesses - bringing and keeping a whole lot of folks home who are used to accessing the internet.  

    I would not underestimate the impact.

    Nor would I buy into any "panic" mongering that might occur.  As 'panic' is unreasoned and irrational fear or over-reaction to an overblown threat, it is never necessary.

    Fear is a different thing.  There are things in this world of which we should be rightfully and constructively afraid.  Fear is what tells us to get out of the way of an onrushing train.  That is not panic, nor is the act of stepping off of the tracks when you think you might have heard a train whistle blowing.

    Think of the constitution as a levy. Think of our democracy as New Orleans.

    by Into The Woods on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 11:49:11 AM PST

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    •  hey, how are you! (0+ / 0-)

      the panic thing has actually been pretty well studied by anthropologists and academics from U Pittsburgh Bioterror Center. See Monica Schoch-Spana, e.g.

      "Strategies to Remedy Panic in a Pandemic:  Lessons from Biodefense." In The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? – Workshop Summary, edited by Stacey Knobler, Alison Mack, Adel Mahmoud, Stanley M. Lemon. 2004. Institute of Medicine Forum on Microbial Threats, Board on Global Health, Washington, DC. National Academy of Sciences. National Academies Press, pp. 347-357.

      Fear as a motivator is really enlightened self-interest ;-)

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 12:38:39 PM PST

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