I'm a fan of using whatever tools we have available for collecting data, especially when the methods don't reveal any personal information of individuals. When I first started writing about the potential effects of the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing efforts, I took a look at some Google Search trends, focusing on the United States, in part because that's where I am, and also because that's where we're seeing a lot of new cases.
While looking through my Facebook posts, I was disappointed to see, though not entirely surprised to see, a significant piece of misinformation surrounding COVID-19. The information supposedly came from Johns Hopkins, but I cannot imagine that such gross misinformation would come from there.
One should use passive voice, when it is reasonable to use it. Unfortunately, "they" tell us not to use passive voice, when writing in English.
Generally arguments for anarchy rely on philosophy of rights and ethics. Proudhon's discussion on property is a good example. Similarly Ayn Rand argued for limited government, due to the consequence of large government violating our fundamental rights. The problem with using such general philosophical arguments is that it can be very difficult to build a common foundation. As far as I see it, government violates the basic rights of bodily autonomy and selective inaction, but justifying that vision to others requires that they understand rights in the same way that I do.
People have been quite vocal about the usage of terms like "Chinese Virus." While I have to admit I find it amusing that people have an issue with such usage. After all there are many other diseases that are named after regions, such as MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and Zika, which is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. Does anyone think that MERS is antisemitic or Islamophobic?
Just like we have Twitter, Facebook, Quora, Stack Exchange, and so on, I'm hoping that the writing community will have a number of platforms on which to write, including Vocal, publish0x, and Medium. I had a lot of hope for Medium in particular, and found it before Vocal. However, more and more I am finding their practices revolting, and perhaps nowhere are their nepotistic and destructive practices more obvious than with their treatment of the coronavirus scare.