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It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine

It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine

Heard that all single people have been crushed by the pandemic? Don’t believe it.

It seems like every major publication has featured some article pitying those single people whose lives have been ruined during the pandemic. I’m not unsympathetic – some single people really have been having a hard time, and their stories deserve to be told.

What I object to, vociferously, is the implication that their stories represent the only ways that single people experience the pandemic. In December 2020, I started inviting single people to share their pandemic experiences with me. Dozens have done so. I wrote about them in three articles, described below. I thank them again for sharing their stories.

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The Views Expressed are Those of the Artist: Guest Post by Mark Fallon

The Views Expressed are Those of the Artist: Guest Post by Mark Fallon

[Bella’s intro: Mark Fallon is the distinguished co-author of a previous guest post here, the important and popular “State-Sponsored Bullshit.” He is back with another creative and thoughtful contribution. Fallon does not play an NCIS special agent on TV – that’s what he is for real. In this essay, he explains that “renditions of my art are sent to the Pentagon, and possibly to the FBI and CIA in Langley for review and possible censorship.” I am grateful to him for sharing his insights here.] (more…)

Two Experts, Maria Hartwig and Mark Fallon, Expose the Dangers of State-Sponsored Bullshit

Two Experts, Maria Hartwig and Mark Fallon, Expose the Dangers of State-Sponsored Bullshit

Bella’s intro: I can’t think of anyone whose scholarship on the psychology of deception I admire more than Professor Maria Hartwig’s. Mark Fallon is a former Special Agent and has led some of the most important counterterrorism operations in modern history. He also wrote the book critiquing the U. S. government’s torture program. I am so grateful to them for writing this important guest post.

I could not share this with you as soon as they wrote it, though. It had to be reviewed by the United States government first. That’s ironic, because the authors are challenging the government’s sweeping pre-publication review process in this article. That challenge is part of their broader examination of the role of bullshit in the contemporary American political scene, and how it undermines freedom and democracy.

I posted the first part of this article on my blog at Psychology Today. If you have come here from there, you can start reading at Part II.

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