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In defence of panicking: swine flu and the media

Beckett, Charlie (2009) In defence of panicking: swine flu and the media. POLIS: journalism and society at the LSE (30 Apr 2009). Blog.

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Abstract

It’s like Dad’s Army in MediaLand at the moment: The Germans (Mexican Viruses) Are Coming! Don’t Panic! The news is full of Swine Flu while the analysis columns, blogs and Twitter are full of clever commentators saying how there’s no real risk and that far more people die of malaria in Africa every day. Meanwhile, my beloved son is upstairs in bed with a terrible cold/sore throat which appears to conform to all the symptoms that are killing Mexicans. Don’t tell me not to panic.

Item Type: Website (Blog)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author(s)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 15:08
Last Modified: 19 May 2017 15:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/77936

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