This Dichotomous Debate Sucks

March 2020: When Facebook is more trustworthy than the president. Covid-19 reminds us Social media is good actually. Has the Coronavirus killed the Techlash. Created by Dr. Nirit Weiss-Blatt, PhD, July 2021.
March 2020: When Facebook is more trustworthy than the president. Covid-19 reminds us Social media is good actually. Has the Coronavirus killed the Techlash. Created by Dr. Nirit Weiss-Blatt, PhD, July 2021.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the tech platforms experienced a short period of appreciation: “COVID-19 reminds us why social media is not just good, but saving lives.” President Biden provided the opposite narrative on July 16, 2021, when he said social media platforms like Facebook are “killing people.”

Since a lot has already been written about this dramatic exchange between Biden/Facebook, I decided to offer a look through a different lens. Let me take you on a trip down memory lane — a walk through the Techlash’s shortest pause between mid-March 2020 and the end…


An excerpt from the book’s intro:

The relationship between the tech giants and the media is not stable but rather a rollercoaster ride; you can be on the top of the world just to find yourself a moment later hurtling toward the ground. Not an enjoyable ride (though, reading about it in this book is, hopefully). The outline of the chapters takes us through this rocky journey.

The Pre-Techlash Era
The Pre-Techlash Era

Nirit Weiss-Blatt

Dr. (Ph.D). Book Author: The Techlash and Tech Crisis Communication. Former visiting research fellow, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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