'Covid' as digital

After writing about the 1969 Woodstock Festival's occurrence during the "Hong Kong flu," I figured out that "covid" is a digital phenomenon.

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This video is a 10-minute or so excerpt from the Monkey Pox Mania summit held back in early June. I do a longer and more detailed version of the same presentation on Dr. Sam Bailey’s channel, going deeper into the history and ideas involved.

Digital existence completely transforms our ideas about the body, including how and why people become unwell. Those ideas are more powerful than any presumed cause of disease, because they dictate our responses.

Here is the original article that got me started on this angle, called They Were Barefoot in Babylon. This article, written in 2020, struck a nerve and made many people angry. So I knew I was onto something.

If anybody at the 1969 festival, held in the rain on a cow pasture, knew there was a “pandemic” going on, they certainly didn’t care — because they hadn’t been turned into mindless little robots by full digital conditions.

It was still possible to think without resorting to an algorithm. Physical reality still existed, and people wanted it.

What is called “covid” is merely an extension of the same social and technological trends that had been developing over the past two decades. Woodstock was a creature of the TV age. Television calls forth participation in life. Digital demands involvement only in more digital and the avoidance of physical life. Per the known dynamics of media environments, eventually that may reverse itself.

As we were: spectator/participants at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, August 1969; scene from the documentary film Woodstock (1970), directed by Michael Wadleigh.

As we became — summer 2020.