“We are not only what we read, but how we read.”
— Maryann Wolfe, the psychologist whom Nicholas Carr cites often in his book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

A Nation Waiting To Be Cooked

Such is the impression I got from the following statement about the state of America in the NYT:

In the month since a Liberian man infected with Ebola traveled to Dallas, where he later died, the nation has marinated in a murky soup of understandable concern, wild misinformation, political opportunism and garden-variety panic.

“Even if THEY tell us a sneeze, cough, or burp will transmit some god awful demise, stay alive and act as you can. Let this scare remain in the background.”

These words of wisdom come from British astrologer Regina Russell, as she dispenses anti-ebola panacea to all zodiac signs. The above is for Virgos.

Can’t help notice, that ebola is in every single discourse now.

The Fall: A must read novel by Albert Camus, even if for the depiction of the dreadful malaise of modernity: insouciance. In Camus’ society, men fornicate and then read the newspapers, activities completed in a single emotional spectrum.