by James Corbett
March 14, 2020
Remember when we kicked off 2020 with that little WWIII scare in the Middle East? Oh how quaint all that seems now.
I was going to start off this week with a recap of the craziness that unfolded in recent days as full-on pandemic panic set in in the United States, but leave it to Twitter to come up with the pithiest summary: “What a year this last half hour has been.”
That’s one way of capturing the shock that many are experiencing right now. But more enlightening still are the responses to that tweet.
“Understatement of the year,” one user replied, adding that “Every time you click [refresh], something unbelievable has happened. Literally every second.”
Another user responded that “I have a friend who just shut everything off and went out into nature for a day because it was all going to be there when they came back.”
Observed yet another: “So much has happened this evening, my mind is literally spinning….I can’t keep it straight, and the market opening is 11 hours away…”
So what has got the Twitterati’s heads spinning so furiously? A torrent of news about coronavirus that hit the American news media like a tsunami this past week, that’s what.
Like the suspension of the NBA, NHL, NCAA Championships and just about every other major sporting event you can think of.
Or the shut down of numerous college campuses (including on-campus housing), which is already leading to riots.
Or, oh yeah, the worst Wall Street crash since the Black Monday event that led to the creation of the Plunge Protection Team. And the impending shutdown of New York City. And the potential closing off of international borders.
You know, that kind of stuff.
Of course, every crisis has its silver lining: The producers of some of the most risible late night garbage,