Why ‘freedom day’ is the latest example of COVID propaganda

 

Colin Alexander, Nottingham Trent University

The lifting of most COVID legal restrictions on July 19 has been dubbed “freedom day” by some politicians and journalists. Though not an official designation, this popularisation of this moment with such a saying closely follows two of my ten “golden rules” of propaganda that I’ve developed in my years studying the practice. First, appeal to the instincts rather than the reason of the audience, and second, build around a slogan. Then repeat, repeat, repeat.

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Pietre false e frammenti di vetro

 

Autore: Francesco Domenico Capizzi *

Trascorreranno numerosi secoli – fino al 1789 in Francia, al 1861 in Russia – prima che una campana, ben grande e dal rintocco grave come quella dell’Arengo  del Palazzo del podestà in piazza Maggiore a Bologna nell’agosto 1256, annunciasse la fine della “servitù della gleba” e, dunque, la restituzione della libertà, perduta da secoli, a 5.855 esseri umani destinati a rimanere, compresa la loro discendenza, nella condizione di autentica proprietà privata delle 400 abbienti famiglie bolognesi, alla medesima stregua di una proprietà terriera, come gli arbusti e gli impianti agricoli con annessi vari, bestiami cortilivi e armenti inclusi. L’onere del riscatto fu sostenuto dalle casse pubbliche del Libero Comune in ragione di 8 lire per ogni bambino e 10 lire per i maggiori di 14 anni (A. Antonelli, Il Liber Paradisus, Marsilio 2008).

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How lockdown changed the sex lives of young adults – new research

Liam Wignall, Bournemouth University and Mark McCormack, University of Roehampton

Lockdown significantly affected our health (for good and bad), our work and how we socialise. These consequences have been widely discussed, but far less attention has been given to the effect on our sex lives.

When lockdown came into force in the UK in March 2020, people from outside the same household were not allowed to meet indoors, and only at set distances outdoors. This meant that sex between people who didn’t live together was effectively criminalised.

In some ways, these restrictions disproportionately affected young adults, who are more likely than older adults to be exploring their sexuality and developing romantic relationships. But the impact of lockdown on people’s sexual desires and sex lives and how this affected their sense of wellbeing was not known. We decided to find out.

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