In recent weeks, there has been a surge of media stories about the latest Covid-19 variant, adding to an already long list. However, it seems like people are no longer paying attention. In the minds of many, the pandemic is a thing of the past, and they have no interest in going down the rabbit hole of restrictions, lockdowns, masks, and vaccinations. The years of the pandemic have seriously eroded the public’s trust in governments and their ability to make the right decisions.
The Covid-19 pandemic was a turning point in government-public relations, particularly in Western countries. It was the first major outbreak to occur in the age of mass social media, where people have the platform to voice their opinions and dissent against government policies. This social media freedom has posed significant challenges to state structures, leading Western governments to scramble for “narrative control” over their populations.
Western ruling classes have responded to the influence of social media by increasing censorship and narrative policing. They denounce viewpoints they don’t agree with as “misinformation” or foreign propaganda. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this led to one of the most comprehensive censorship campaigns ever undertaken by Western governments, especially in relation to those who questioned the need for vaccines. Governments aggressively sought to stomp out any dissent against their views, using the establishment media as a tool.
While it is undeniable that vaccines played a crucial role in combating the pandemic and saving lives, the manner in which governments handled the issue created widespread distrust in authority. People saw the profits being made by Big Pharma, witnessed the aggressive push for vaccine implementation, and questioned whether it truly served the public interest. The propaganda and censorship employed by governments defeated the objective of introducing vaccines to save lives.
Big Pharma, a group of multinational drug and medicine companies with significant political influence, has monopolized the narrative surrounding health crises. These companies profit from the pandemic and have influence over government policies. The narrative has been steered to favor vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna while often criticizing Chinese and Russian competitors.
As a result, public criticism of pandemic-related policies has grown because people believe that these companies and the media are engaging in scaremongering to fulfill their commercial goals. This, combined with social media influence, has created a significant level of distrust, despite the evidence of Covid-19’s harm and the number of deaths associated with the virus. Continuously sounding the alarm about new variants and the spread of the disease only reinforces the perception that the media is trying to scare the population with a non-existent threat.
The pandemic has had a politically exhausting effect and a difficult transition back to normal life. The public is not willing to make sacrifices again for a disease that they perceive has already gone away. There is a belief that there is an agenda behind the push for restrictions, not just from Big Pharma but also from governments seeking power centralization, censorship, and narrative control. The pandemic, along with events like the Ukraine conflict, has marked a shift where Western states have tried to reassert their power but have instead achieved the opposite effect.
In conclusion, Western governments have lost the public’s trust through their attempts at narrative control during the Covid-19 pandemic. The combination of propaganda and censorship has fueled distrust in authority, making people skeptical of the motives behind pandemic-related policies. The influence of Big Pharma and the media has further exacerbated this situation. As a result, the public is unwilling to go down the rabbit hole of restrictions and vaccinations once again. Western governments must acknowledge this loss of trust and find alternative ways to rebuild it if they want to effectively navigate future crises.