The third point is information and our ability to use it. In a sense, the most important problem today is not the coronavirus, but a disease of information cruelty, which no one knows how to deal with. The world, home to seven and a half billion people, has turned out to be adrift in a sort of global information ocean, in which no one knows the rules of navigation. Of course, on the one hand, we are observing an incredible freedom of information, but on the other hand, an essential part of this information is erroneous, having fallen prey to inadvertent or malicious lies, or outright manipulation. It is difficult to imagine how in such a situation people, often high-ranking ones, can make the right decisions.
We can say that we’ve overestimated the ability of people to independently understand everything, assuming that this ability existed. If it had, crazy communists and crazy fascists would not have ruled the world. Alas, people are superficial, weak in mind, and amenable to suggestion. Information chaos now seems to me much more dangerous than a viral infection.
Even in this story, the erosion of professional media is important. We see independent media disappearing before our eyes. At the same time, they’ve become something like political parties, or like collective propaganda publications. There is no need to provide examples of the dismissal or expulsion of journalists for maintaining points of view that diverged from the views of the left-wing journalistic subculture, which has seized many media outlets that were once considered world-class. De facto, today’s CNN is less akin to media, but a branch or even the headquarters of the Democratic party. The same could be said of the New York Times. But this is not only an American phenomenon. Simply, the mediatisation of the world leads to the fact that information resources strengthen their role. A hundred years ago, it was written that the newspaper was a kind of organiser and propagandist. Today, alas, this has again become relevant. With the help of media resources, a kind of expropriation by minorities for freedom, a liberal agenda has taken shape. They can exist only in one edition, approved by the leftist global intelligentsia. Actually, why this came to be is an interesting question. A kind of journalistic renaissance is needed, the restoration of journalism, which can be trusted and which informs, but does not participate in the battle, is, in my opinion, absolutely necessary. Whether this is possible is another question.
In general, it seems to me that we have fallen into a kind of vicious circle — the world order is collapsing — the powerful forces of mankind, including nuclear weapons, are at least partially unattended — for many reasons, billions of people are dazed — they are wandering in a maze of false information as an easy victims for manipulation, primarily aggressive and totalitarian, since it is most accessible and plays on the fears and aggression of a person — this creates a poisonous cocktail of rage, disobedience and the desire to destroy — the world order is finally collapsing, and with it, the whole of civilization, that people worked so hard and long to build.
An abridged version of the story was published by the Expert magazine (in Russian).