Diary of a Plague Year

I have the uncanny and disturbing feeling that all of this has been entertainment: that we exist now for the purpose of being entertained — that the pandemic is just the highest rated panic on the Internet.

A frightening possibility: that a map of our brain would reveal a map of the Internet — that the two have become one.

In the 19th century, politics was powered by debate; in the 20th, advertising; in the 21st, meme-ing.

We are actively weakening the immune systems of the very young, who are forced to live in sterilized environments. In…