'“New Corona Cases”: A Phrase That’s Tells us Very Little, if Anything, About the Actual Levels of Danger We Face':
"..So why is the press still obsessively talking about “cases” as if there were a linear correlation between them and threat to the health of the vast majority of people?
I see only two possible explanations. The first is herd stupidity, that is, the deeply ingrained tendency of everyone with a keyboard and a twitter feed to—for all their often histrionic attempts to portray themselves as “fiercely independent”—studiously ape the central presumptions of the corporate media’s view of reality and confine their institutional critiques to the very peripheral realms of nuance and style.
The second possibility is flat-out institutional corruption, that is, that people in very high places have told their servants in the media to keep the panic, and the enhanced control of the population it enables, going as long as possible.."