Minority Thinking in a Globalised Context

I remember a few years ago, before #COVID, a German colleague told me this worrying thing about #flu: “The state has allowed the flu virus to progress with little mitigation, so that older people are dying and not getting their pensions.” At the time, I thought Daniel was exaggerating, how could those in charge of #PublicHealth do such a thing?

Today, I've come to my senses: the people in charge of #PublicHealth will let any virus spread, as long as it doesn't openly make the headlines. Business must go on. This is where I came back to that interesting subject of mass psychology: social psychology.

You've probably all heard of those students who inflict electric shocks on their fellow students. The idea was to simulate the way in which people are likely to follow orders, in wartime, with the Nazi regime in mind.

As part of this science, you've probably heard about how 'engaging communication' can be used to manipulate. If you hand someone a piece of paper in the underground, or better still, shake their hand, you're more likely to get money in return.

But this science is somewhat limited to the study of individuals and large groups. It assumes that coercion (so well explained by Byul-Chung Han), bio-normativity (Michel Foucault) and neuro-normativity belong to another field, philosophy.

However, the influence of minority groups is well studied, and as far as the issue of #COVID and #LongCOVID is concerned, we can assume that we are a minority that wants to survive this current #pandemic in a healthy way, alive.

Actually writing it, based on this stuff about social psychology

Capybara washing