Neighbors, May 5: there is no "checkered flag"
People interpret the information about COVID-19 and/or the economy depending on how these things affect them.
Is there any way to get close to an objective method to weigh these two competing interests? How should we be thinking about this? How should we be parsing the information we get about both issues?
When you need a philosopher, Dr. David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communication at UMD is a great place to start.
And the first thing we wants us to know is that when we talk about "when things get back to the way they were" -- we need to know they won't.
And Dr. Devaleena Das is an Assistant Professor in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at UMD. She's already looking into the role of privilege in whether we experience social distancing or physical distancing, or solitude, isolation, or loneliness.