I noticed this while listening to music, but it seems to be similar in other media such as twitch streams. You would think that such an important would be mentioned a lot because it affects everyone, but it seems to be strongly avoided.

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Here are some possibilities I can think of:

  • It’s a sensitive topic because it’s so deadly, so people try not to sully the mood by mentioning it for no reason, especially if it’s media for entertainment like a Twitch stream or music

  • If they’re on platforms like YouTube, mentioning it might get their content demonetized or removed, even if it doesn’t spread misinformation. If they’re signed with a record label, publisher or even a sponsor, they might specifically not be allowed to mention any sensitive topics.

  • They’re trying to avoid attracting crazy commenters, like the people who think it’s a hoax or the vaccine is designed to install microchips in people or something (this might because they don’t want to give those a people an excuse to spread their propaganda, but could also be out of selfishness so as not to lose viewers that think that way)

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Why don’t they disabled comments ? A lot of channels do this…

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Even if you disabled likes, comments, everything, the crazies might just link to your video on wherever they congregate (I’m guessing mostly Facebook and Parler), and could even start spamming your other videos with fake information. They’re fucking relentless.

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I’ve since found that arguing with people that do this is like arguing with a rock. A particularly stubborn rock at that.

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I’ve heard podcast hosts talk about this. Evidently most listeners would rather not hear about it all the time.

I wonder if this attitude depends on how well one’s local society is handling it. Here in the US it’s really depressing, for instance. (To me, anyway)

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Oh man there’s this show my family and I like to watch called La Rosa De Guadalupe and I was incredibly surprised to see an episode all about COVID-19. In fact, the episode was specifically about the struggles of a working class Mexican family has to face because of the pandemic.

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It doesn’t. I see it mentioned everywhere literally non-stop.

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Agreed. What I don’t see is any analysis about how this has basically been a controlled burn of small businesses across the country. Walmart stayed open while a small retailer had to stay closed. Corporations are consolidating power. I drove through the main street of my town the other day and it’s just depressing. There were always minimal chain stores/restaurants but they seem to have bought all the buildings that individuals put their life savings into to modernize/renovate for their enterprise.

Mostly thirding this, I’ll admit I don’t see anything on say the Youtube front page, but I suspect that’s because they’re blanket censoring everything covid19 related. Its not as easy to find Dr. Campbell’s stuff as it used to be last year, at least for me.

Wouldn’t surprise me if record labels are following suit and have a blanket ban or heavy limitation on the word.

Lastly, people don’t like to focus on the negatives and if they’re gaming its usually for lighthearted enjoyment.

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Just checked youtube and (at least on my machine) there is an entire COVID-19 section right below the trending videos. It’s all major news networks though.

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i think it’s not likely to come up in most popular music but i have heard hip-hop lyrics that reference it

someone pointed out that any movies/tv that take place in the “present” now take place in alternate realities where covid-19 never existed

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someone pointed out that any movies/tv that take place in the “present” now take place in alternate realities where covid-19 never existed

Thats a really good way to sum it up.

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I know very little about movie production but I imagine it takes a while to get a decent script and subsequently produce a movie (~1yr minimum). The real test would be if we don’t see any COVID movies in the upcoming year. That being said there is ‘Host’ (2020) which is a horror film that takes place entirely on a Zoom call.

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In France, there was a push for a lot of comedy sketches on the national TV etc that dealt with the pandemic during the first lockdown. It was mostly unfunny, IMO. So I think it’s just not popular. I’ve also seen a lot of parody or even original french songs but not that many English ones (with a couple of exceptions like the Bobi Wine one). Actually, the best representation has come from Shameless, a US TV show about a poor family in Chicago. They are talking about it, wearing masks etc. I think stuff like Reality TV or “fictional” reality TV (don’t know the word for this but I mean for things like Coronation Street or Eastenders, Plus Belle La Vie, Un si Grand Soleil…) that will have to deal with it because they are not really planing on selling the show down the road plus are based in the same year as when the show comes out.

Haven’t seen much but probably because it is depressing and also it’s been hard to do stuff since the start of the pandemic so once we start getting rolling we’ll get films for example in 2022. Will be a bit weird.

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I think it is pretty constantly in the news. But some reasons why it may not be are fatigue, and also the same reason climate change, melting glaciers, and bleaching of coral aren’t in the news - while they’re disastrous events, and should be taking priority over everything else, they’re just not entertaining enough.

If a plane crashes, or a car explodes, even if no one died it will be all over the news because there’s fire and explosions.

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Hmm, didn’t notice that so much, but I guess it might also be just seen as a controversial topic and some media want to avoid alienating part of their audience?

Or are you also specifically referring to Lemmy and what people post here? There is definitely not a lot of discussion about that here. I guess right now tech and privacy is pretty dominating on Lemmy.ml

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No I’m definitely not refering to the fediverse, but on some platforms like youtube the topic seems to be avoided (maybe because of rules from google?)

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That sounds like a form of censorship.

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Big tech censorship is rampant now. We have Youtube algos and an ever shifting definition of ‘misinformation’ to thank for that. Youtube/Facebook/Twitter is a terrible place to get any actual information that’s not pop culture related. LBRY/Peertube/podcasts and individual media orgs (e.g. Tim Poole) are where all the action is.

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Hey, so I discovered this Australian show Retrograde today. It’s a show that was done under Covid, filmed via Zoom apparently. Haven’t watched it but I guess it’s proper Coronavirus show. Actually, it’s reminded me that a couple of podcasts and the like have popped up because of the lockdown. They don’t always talk about the pandemic explicitly but that’s why they are doing this. Here is just one example from Garry of The Dollop with his mom: PAMdemic but it’s not really media as fiction I guess.

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