Here’s Why Everyone On Facebook Is Talking About Woodstock And The Coronavirus
A surprising narrative about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is spreading: that fears of the pandemic are overblown because in 1969, the Woodstock music festival was held during a flu pandemic.
The claim has been shared thousands of times via Facebook posts and memes. “Instead of shutting everything down, they held Woodstock,” one version of the meme reads.
As the majority of the country rides out the pandemic quarantined at home, web traffic has exploded, and with it online misinformation about the coronavirus. On Facebook viral content has been circulating, regardless of its truthfulness — like the misleading “Plandemic” video, which was viewed millions of times before it was taken down by the platform’s moderators last week.
And while the “Plandemic” video presented a conspiratorial worldview steeped in anti-vaccination and extremist tropes, the Woodstock/flu meme is something different: nostalgic and gauzy, although still inaccurate.
The meme argues that the current lockdown due to the current coronavirus pandemic is a product of the media spreading unnecessary fear and panic. Many iterations of it …continued .