Anyone else remember covid? I barely do. It lasted two whole years, driving the world and especially Australia into a giant panic. It revealed a significant proportion of the population to be hyperbolic retards, and turned neighbours and families against each other over how much everybody agreed or disagreed whether the threat it posed was overblown or whether it really was a ‘civilisation ending event’ (legit there was a guy on MB who said this, the super climate change alarmist commenter with the poo avatar – I forgot his name now).
Covid introduced an unprecedented degree of social control into our lives during its tenure. While there are some relics of these measures still around today — vaccination mandates appear to exist in a couple of states in Aus still, most of it has disappeared as quickly as it emerged without fanfare or farewell. A great example of the vaporware nature of the covid era were the returnee camps for the unvaccinated – as of now, all of them are being shut down or mothballed. People got bored of the great two year long LARP that was covid, the longest game of SimCrisis ever played on a mass social level, and gave it up to return to their boring lives yet again. Everybody initially celebrated — finally, we can go back to the bar! Then they did maybe once or twice then stopped going again, because doing that sucks and was a waste of time before covid anyway.
But that leaves the curious issue of those individuals made a name for themselves, indeed, careers or micro-careers, out of grifting over covid and lockdown panic. Covid grifters were replete on both ‘sides’ of the covid issue; on the anti-lockdown side there were doomsayers predicting that the very nature of society itself was being being changed by nefarious forces under the guise of covid, and that we would never again return to normal. Lockdowns and mask wearing would become a permanent fixture, and we would never again see the ‘normal’ that was 2019. This does not appear to have been borne out, and the people saying this stuff probably hoped that WOULD be the case because it would allow them to maintain their newfound audiences and social media infamy.
Characters like Monica Smit, the Cafe Lockdown weirdo (don’t know his name), Aussie Cossack (in jail now lol), Real Rukshan (the least egregious of them all admittedly) and probably the wackiest, Graham Hood, have all faded into the obscurity of declining viewer counts. ‘Hoody’ in particular was probably the most boring commentator I’ve ever had the misfortune of listening to, with his claim to fame being a lengthy, incoherent rant about how he was laid off from Qantas over vaccine mandates (despite being well over retirement age) and how he was addicted to porno. I don’t know how anyone could ever have cared about anything he had to say – whether you think the vaccines are a little bit poo or not (and I do).
In the covidian camp, the primary grifters were public health academics and medical specialists. As opposed to exaggerating the dangers of the covid vaccines like the so-called anti-vax/anti restriction grifters, covidian grifters exaggerated the threat of covid, massively overstated the efficacy of the vaccines, and acted like minimising covid was the only thing that mattered in society. A lot of these dweebs were true ‘revenge of the nerds’ types, opportunistically seizing upon their fifteen minutes of fame and relevance to fulfil their power fantasies on the rest of society and presumably all the people who made fun of them for being unctuous dweebs in high school. Brendan Crabb and Tony Blakley definitely come to mind as the clearest example of this.
If covid taught us anything, it’s that everybody is a retard and is incapable of approaching anything with any degree of nuance. It always has to be either/or, the most extreme possible scenarios. Either covid has to be a blanketly horrible disease that affects everybody with the same severe intensity or simply that covid doesn’t exist at all. Either the vaccines have to be this amazing thing EVERYBODY needs to get including newborn babies or they have to be literal poison intended to kill off two thirds of the world population (and i’m still not really convinced of the all-cause mortality data evidence that is being argued with more sophisticated debaters, even if there may be some truth to it). Are people capable of accepting or not accepting ideas piece by piece or are they only able to swallow narratives holistically? I think mostly the latter, because most people are dumb dumb retards.
If the covid era (not covid itself, but the phenomenon of ‘covid’) will have a final effective end point, it will be when/or if the authorities do away with the mandatory isolation period. Even Anthony Albanese, remarkably, to his credit, wanted to take covid out to the woodshed by introducing the baby step of getting rid iso payments, but backpedaled on it afterwards because he’s sackless. But you can see the clear intention even from him is there to put an end to all this shit, which will with time put many a grifter out of a gig or two.