[Hpr] Regarding episode 3414 and COVID-19 disinformation

Mike Ray mike at raspberryvi.org
Fri Sep 17 16:14:12 PDT 2021


With the greatest respect to the people of New Zealand, which have done
a great job in general, and their prime minister, who is a superstar,
the country has a population of half of that of London. So no wonder it
has been easy to keep infections down.




On 17/09/2021 23:56, Klaatu wrote:
> Content is frequently edited on HPR. Our shownotes team is very active in 
> maintaining relevant shownotes, correcting errors, and so on.
> 
> Technically, we also prepend and append audio to episodes that require intro 
> and outro sequences.
> 
> I think links to some country's disease control could be useful in the 
> shownotes. After all, the show host *is* encouraging people to think 
> critically about a disease, so providing a link to knowledgeable sources of 
> information seems in line with what that episode is [technically] all about. 
> I'm not convinced that the US's CDC is the best source of information, 
> however. I propose the New Zealand government site, as NZ has been able to 
> keep casualties and breakouts pretty low. https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/
> 
> On Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:29:47 AM NZST BK Navarette wrote:
>> I thought content wasn't edited on hpr.
>>
>> Brian-in-ohio
>>
>> On 9/17/21 17:21, Joshua Knapp wrote:
>>> Would it be possible to actually flag 3414 with the information to the
>>> CDC or other reputable source of information?  Similar to how YouTube
>>> and other services flag posts like this?
>>>
>>> On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 2:17 PM Klaatu <klaatu at mixedsignals.ml> wrote:
>>>     It is objectively true that people are dying from Covid-19, and if
>>>     that didn't
>>>     concern the Hacker Public Radio community, I'd be saddened and
>>>     disappointed in
>>>     all of us.
>>>     
>>>     Most listeners of HPR are not on this mailing list.  I propose we
>>>     combat the
>>>     disinformation in 3414 with *several* episodes of correct
>>>     information. I
>>>     believe the best cure for ignorance is knowledge.
>>>     
>>>     People already believe that "critical thinking" (read: ignoring
>>>     scientific
>>>     evidence and "doing your own research" even though you have no
>>>     access to Covid
>>>     patients or laboratories) will expose "the truth" behind Covid. 
>>>     Episode 3414
>>>     isn't introducing anybody to these ideas.
>>>     
>>>     Episodes in response to it, however, could be the thing that gives
>>>     someone the
>>>     courage to stop all of their head-in-the-sand "critical thinking"
>>>     and to start
>>>     listening to the experts.
>>>     
>>>     I'm happy to do an episode in response, and in fact I'll post one
>>>     later today.
>>>     I'd be happier still if anybody responding to this thread does the
>>>     same.
>>>     
>>>     -klaatu
>>>     
>>>     > brian-in-ohio
>>>     > 
>>>     > On 9/17/21 15:09, nihilazo via Hpr wrote:
>>>     > > Hello,
>>>     > > I have been wanting to contribute another episode to HPR for
>>>     
>>>     years but
>>>     
>>>     > > have not got around to it yet. However I am more skeptical to
>>>     
>>>     lend my
>>>     
>>>     > > voice to HPR after the publication of episode 3414, which spreads
>>>     > > anti-vaccine and conspiratorial ideas and promotes vitamin B3 as a
>>>     > > vaccine alternative (which has some benefits, as a preventative
>>>     > > alongside the vaccine, but is no replacement, and studies are
>>>     
>>>     still
>>>     
>>>     > > fairly preliminary).
>>>     > > I understand that usual HPR policy dictates that episodes are
>>>     
>>>     not to
>>>     
>>>     > > be edited or removed after they are uploaded but in the case
>>>     
>>>     of this
>>>     
>>>     > > episode I think it's irresponsible for Hacker Public Radio to
>>>     
>>>     leave it
>>>     
>>>     > > up, especially in the midst of a global health crisis.
>>>     > > Are there any plans to deal with this episode's potentially
>>>     
>>>     harmful
>>>     
>>>     > > content?
>>>     > > 
>>>     > > Thanks,
>>>     > > Nico
>>>     > > 
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Michael A. Ray
Analyst/Programmer
Witley, Surrey, South-east UK

He/him

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when
there is nothing left to take away." -- A. de Saint-Exupery



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