We’re pretty used to criticizing The Atlantic, but the magazine actually took a chance and published a piece by Matthew Walther entitled, “Where I Live, No One Cares About COVID.” Some are outraged by the author’s simple observation that “many, if not most, Americans are leading their lives as if COVID is over, and they have been for a long while.” For the record, Walther writes from rural southwest Michigan.
"Outside the world inhabited by the professional and managerial classes in a handful of major metropolitan areas, many, if not most, Americans are leading their lives as if COVID is over," @matthewwalther writes. https://t.co/wOdSQDYSPs
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) December 14, 2021
Well, it’s true.
Meanwhile, our children, who have continued to attend their weekly homeschooling co-op since April 2020, have never donned masks, and they are distinctly uncomfortable on the rare occasions when they see them, for reasons that, until recently, child psychologists and other medical experts would have freely acknowledged. They have continued seeing friends and family, including their great-grandparents, on a weekly basis. As far as I can tell, they are dimly aware that “germs” are a remote cause of concern, but only our oldest, who is 6, has any recollection of the brief period last year when public Masses were suspended in our diocese and we spent Sunday mornings praying the rosary at home.
“But I wager,” he continues, “that I am now closer to most of my fellow Americans than the people, almost absurdly overrepresented in media and elite institutions, who are still genuinely concerned about this virus.”
I'm going to cancel my subscription. This is inexcusably irresponsible and while Matthew Walther may not know that The Atlantic certainly should.
— Lundemo (@Lundemo16) December 14, 2021
I just cancelled my subscription.
— Glen Nakayama (@NASMechE) December 14, 2021
Canceled our subscription…after 20 years.
— Amy Spungen (@aspungen) December 14, 2021
Bookmarking this article in case I get any emails asking me why I canceled my subscription.
— DW (@Chucklesw37) December 14, 2021
Cancelled subscription screenshots are the new "In this house we believe…" lawn signs?
There is not one Atlantic reader whose behavior will change as a result of this piece. So chill out and learn something about cultures outside of Peloton riders maybe?
— Placeholder (@chekovsguns) December 14, 2021
Reading these comments from sunny Florida like… pic.twitter.com/uRzvwqPXmi
— Sam Osborne (@samkirbyosborne) December 14, 2021
— KSB (@KSBruno9) December 14, 2021
I’m extending my subscription. Bravo.
— S Kutz (@sjkz) December 14, 2021
What are the guesses on how long it takes The Atlantic to un-publish that "No One Cares About COVID" piece?
I honestly did not expect it to hit so hard, people are pissed. I read it and was like "yeah, that's about right"https://t.co/RlweO87F0d
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) December 14, 2021
It depends on the decay rate of the hate clicks.
— ScottOmicron Variant* (@gscottoliver) December 14, 2021
My response was…."Sounds heavenly!"
— I've Made a Huge Mistake (@SurlMudgeon) December 14, 2021
100%. I didn't realize people were mad about it but I guess I should have expected that.
My wife flipped it to me this morning w/ an "there are places like this out there?? we need to move!"
— blighter (@blightersort) December 14, 2021
If you aren’t going into a medical facility (masks) you’d almost think it’s 2018 where I live.
— peg (@pegj_) December 14, 2021
This phenomenon itself is extremely scary. These people have so much difficulty processing a fact that most of America isn't worried about something they are, that they lash out. These are the people for whom policy was targeted to in 2020.
— Chris Oldman (@ChrisOldman4) December 14, 2021
They need the public in fear in order to feel superior in their choice.
— Cocoa is a dog (@Cocoaisadog) December 14, 2021
It hit hard because it sneers at covid-obsessed bluechecks the same exact way covid-obsessed bluechecks have been sneering at the less-obsessed for two years.
The bluechecks are looking at a mirror and absolutely can not stand it.
— Raffi (@rak3re) December 14, 2021
It's 100% correct
— D Mac- (@dougm7914) December 14, 2021
The reactions to this piece are stunning. The people most involved in discourse are emotionally stunted toddlers who can't differentiate between someone who chooses to live with the virus, and someone cheering its spread.
— K245 (@AJHodgeIV) December 14, 2021
Like the people who refuse to distinguish between vaccines and vaccine mandates.
This tweet has the best comments in the history of twitter.
— Alexander J Guy (@alexanderjguy) December 14, 2021
Not really, but there are some good ones, especially if you love to see The Atlantic shamed for trying to kill people.
MSNBC says Republicans hating mandates but loving vaccines ‘may seem like another bit of blatant hypocrisy from the GOP’ https://t.co/oL5JqdCviD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 14, 2021