The media thrive on conflict, but Covid-19 teaches us solidarity

The coronavirus pandemic is teaching us about the true relationship between people, the economy and our environment

15th March, 2020
The media thrive on conflict, but Covid-19 teaches us solidarity
Covid-19 shows how vulnerable globalisation has rendered us and that we will overcome the threats to our civilisation together or not at all. Picture: Getty

In our post-election hiatus, I’ve been struck by how little our current affairs media contributes to our political sense-making. Initial sound bites – it’s a photo finish, a three-way split, an election nobody won – quickly morphed into an unhelpful impatience at the time it’s taking to form a government. Through a different lens the result might be interpreted as citizens exhorting politicians to integrate their differences, find a new balance and look beyond economic...

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