Why aren’t media talking about indoor air quality and virus transmission?

Handwashing image from CDC
Photo: CDC

Media are talking about a narrow range of topics when it comes to transmission of the Coronavirus. From wearing masks to obsessive hand-washing, there’s been little diversity. A question is in order. Why aren’t media informing you about potential resources in fighting this virus, namely tools for cleaning up your indoor air? Continue reading “Why aren’t media talking about indoor air quality and virus transmission?”

Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t

CDC Emergency Operations Center photo
CDC Emergency Operations Center (Photo credit Alissa Eckert; Dan Higgins)

By now, unless you live like a hermit in antiquity, you know Prince Charles of Great Britain is positive for Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Media are having a field day with that one. The virus is, like other contagious illnesses, an equal opportunity offender. As all of us quarantine ourselves where possible, there are places you can find reliable information.

Let’s start with the claim the Coronavirus is three times more contagious than the flu. Continue reading “Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t”

From ‘Marshall Law’ to canceled events, US hunkers down amid Coronavirus

medicine bottles
Photo/Indie Art South

Coronavirus is raging 24/7 in the news cycle now, even diluting attention to Democrats’ debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Sunday. One GOP US senator’s Tweet is ‘trending’ right now, for all the wrong reasons, and the US is hunkering down. Continue reading “From ‘Marshall Law’ to canceled events, US hunkers down amid Coronavirus”

Unrelated political crimes in two states by ‘musicians’ raise questions about motive

@DuvalGOP tweet about attacks on volunteers February 2020
Credit for photos of attack on Republican volunteers: @DuvalGOP on Twitter.

News is circulating about two unrelated crimes involving two musicians in different states. Some media allege that the burning of black churches in Louisiana and an attack on Republican volunteers in Florida were done for attention. The perception is based on the viral marketing principle—do something outrageous and publicity will follow because clickbait news will run anything these days.

One musician formerly played with a rock band. The other—the man who burned the churches—was a black metal fan and presumed performer.

What gives? Continue reading “Unrelated political crimes in two states by ‘musicians’ raise questions about motive”

MC Hammer, Ellen and Portia top quality list for Super Bowl LIV Ads

AdWeek has handily rounded up all the “Big Game” ads ahead of the 54th Super Bowl on Sunday, and I selected the Cheetos popcorn ad featuring MC Hammer and the Amazon Alexa ad featuring Ellen and Portia DeGeneres as my favorites when it comes to one factor. Quality.

*Featured photo is from the US Library of Congress. It was taken between 1920-1930. It is from the National Photo Company Collection.
*Featured photo is from the US Library of Congress. It was taken between 1920-1930. It is from the National Photo Company Collection.

There are other ads I liked for different reasons, and there are also ads I viewed negatively for one reason or another. I learned a few things too.

For instance, do you know there’s a name for that orange dust that sticks to your fingers when you eat Cheetos? Do you know how many ads will air during the game? How much 30 seconds of air time would cost you during the game? Continue reading “MC Hammer, Ellen and Portia top quality list for Super Bowl LIV Ads”