Seema Yasmin on pre-bunking misinformation

I follow the podcast called The Future of Everything in which “host and Stanford bioengineering professor Russ Altman explores how technology, science and medicine are shaping our lives.” Over a month ago Altman interviewed Seema Yasmin, a medical doctor and journalist. She talks about how disinformation is spreading faster and wider than accurate information and the state of journalism in this pandemic era. I’m educated as a communication scientist so this topic is right up my alley. Her conclusion is that becoming better storytellers is an absolute must for medical scientists, public health experts and journalists too.

One thing Yasmin mentioned is inoculation theory. It’s like giving people a communicative immune response to false claims. Through pre-bunking you can teach people to be more suspicious of the information they take in. I’d never heard of this theory before (or forgot I learned about this at uni twenty years ago), but it’s something that is now on my list to research further.

Listen to the episode. It’s less than thirty minutes and well worth your time.

Door |2020-05-18T15:42:08+02:0018 mei 2020|flow, vrouw|1 Reactie

And to you conspiracy theorists (138)

This German train announcer is simply brilliant.

It translates like this in English:

[…] if you haven’t got a mask you can buy one in our onboard bistro in compartment 25. And finally for all our conspiracy theorists on board, please remember the federal government secretly collects saliva samples to produce clones that will replace you. Therefore wear your face mask at all times to prevent the government gathering your DNA. Thank you, also in the name of fellow travellers.

Door |2020-05-17T12:05:58+02:0017 mei 2020|366, flow|0 Reacties

Home concerts rock (137)

Daughter watched her second online concert this morning. The first was a ‘pots and pans’ concerts, inviting kids to join with their own kitchen tools. Daughter hit the pans enthusiastically.

This morning the theme was farm animals. A little bit less interactive, but still fun to watch and we could sing along with the songs we knew.

Yesterday we were discussing in an online meeting what we wanted to keep from corona-era. These type of low-threshold concerts would be on my (short) list to keep. For five euros I buy myself access to a streaming link. I can decide to buy a ticket literally last-minute. There is no such thing as sold-out. I don’t have to take into account travel time. Daughter can watch in her undies. She can talk, scream and jump during the performance as much as she likes. No, it’s not the same as visiting a theater, but adding online performances to the mix would expand opportunities for artists (and for viewers who can’t visit the theater for whatever reason you can think of).

Door |2020-05-16T12:39:06+02:0016 mei 2020|366, deze dag|0 Reacties

Logging family fun (132)

At the beginning of this year I started logging a few things in a very analogue manner. Crossing boxes on a single sheet of paper in my new organizer. One page is dedicated to keep track of the amount of fun things we do as a family. Visiting the zoo, going on holiday, going out for lunch, visiting family. My goal was to have such an event at least once a week.

As stay-at-home measures were announced, family trips were no longer an option. I struggled a bit to define what would count as family fun considering the new circumstances. On the one hand we were together all the time, on the other hand we stayed at home almost all the time. I decided to only count events that involves the three of us going somewhere outside our neighborhood or involves meeting other people. As you can see we only had one such event in April. We went for a long walk with friends in a very spacious park near Utrecht.

Starting June, provided we don’t see a dramatic rise in new hospitalizations in the coming weeks, museums are allowed to reopen. That at least widens the options for family fun again. For instance going for a walk on De Hoge Veluwe and visiting Kröller-Müller-museum. The local zoo is about to reopen too. But we’re not the only family looking for things to do outside of their home. Reservations need to be made so claiming a spot might get difficult.

What my one-page log tells me is something I already knew: corona-era is a bit boring.

Door |2020-05-11T11:26:14+02:0011 mei 2020|366, flow|1 Reactie

It’s oh so quiet, shhh…

I haven’t heard this in a while. The sound of our home when its inhabitants are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Daughter off to daycare, the Man silently in his office, one of the cats walking across the hall to find a quiet spot to get some sleep and me typing in my office on Monday morning. I thought this day wouldn’t come until September. It’s only May.

The Man takes Daughter to daycare for the first time after two months.
Door |2020-05-11T10:37:17+02:0011 mei 2020|deze dag|0 Reacties

Shoe shopping (129)

I have been postponing it for two months, but now that another sunny summery week is here, I couldn’t postpone it any longer. Daughter needed new sandals. So far she used the new pair of (cheap) slippers I bought her, but for running and playing outside sandals are much better suited.

We’ve bought all Daughter’ shoes in a shop specialized in kids’ shoes. This shop never closed its doors, but I felt reluctant to head into town to go shopping. Now that everyone is more or less used to the situation and things like social distancing and cleaning hands before entering a shop have become routine, the time had come to take Daughter to the shoe shop.

We were warmly welcomed while Daughter and I cleaned our hands with the wet wipes (much kinder on kids’s skin) put on a table near the entrance. We were the only clients when entering. The saleslady took the approach to make Daughter the client, rather than me. It was lovely to watch how Daughter started to interact with the lady and explained what she wanted. Beforehand I assumed I would be the one to change shoes for fitting, but the shop had two big screens on wheels. Daughter could stick her feet underneath from one side while the lady measured her feet from the other. This way interaction was still possible.

Daughter really liked the sandals the lady suggested to her. Pink and unicorns. What’s not to like. She walked out the door on them and has been running around on them ever since. And I was a happy mother for the pleasant shopping experience.

Door |2020-05-08T11:59:10+02:008 mei 2020|366, deze dag|0 Reacties
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