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Recent developments shine a light on the powers of mass media and groupthink.

The global attention given to COVID-19 has led to shortages on surgical masks, respirators, paper products, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, delayed countless unrelated blog posts, and birthed an unusual association with a choice beer1. Is this the kind of hysteria that punk-rock, Hall of Fame, band Greenday foresaw in their 6x Platinum record American Idiot?



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