In the shadow of Covid, New Yorkers are discovering new anxieties | Emma Brockes | The Guardian

Outlandish reports about shark attacks and the crime rate are reassuring when compared with coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn times like these, you take your consolations where you can find them, and in New York, where Covid infection rates are lower than they were and anxiety and depression levels high, there is something to be said for the diversification of bad news. Many years ago, a BBC newsreader launched an informal and much-mocked campaign to make the news more uplifting, resulting in the horror of the whimsical “and finally”. It was the wrong approach, in my view. When things are bad, it can be useful to remind oneself not only that they could be worse, but that they could be worse in the conventional, nightmarish ways.When the news was devoted to the death rate in New York, I became briefly addicted to horror and zombie shows Continue reading…

Outlandish reports about shark attacks and the crime rate are reassuring when compared with coronavirus

In times like these, you take your consolations where you can find them, and in New York, where Covid infection rates are lower than they were and anxiety and depression levels high, there is something to be said for the diversification of bad news. Many years ago, a BBC newsreader launched an informal and much-mocked campaign to make the news more uplifting, resulting in the horror of the whimsical “and finally”. It was the wrong approach, in my view. When things are bad, it can be useful to remind oneself not only that they could be worse, but that they could be worse in the conventional, nightmarish ways.

When the news was devoted to the death rate in New York, I became briefly addicted to horror and zombie shows

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