How does the essay "Enough About You" by Brian Williams relate to the coronavirus pandemic happening today? 

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"Enough About You" by Brian Williams is a powerful essay on the ways that our media consumption has changed over the years. Today we have more access to information than ever before—and the effect has been for us to consume less of it.

Because citizens have access to so much news and entertainment, they can spend all your time reading only what interests you most. This means people miss out on hearing different perspectives and opinions.

There's too much information available. Instead of reading one article from each point of view, we're far more likely to read five articles that all say essentially the same thing.

This is hugely relevant to the current situation of the covid-19 pandemic. I had an experience with this just this week upon talking to two different uncles. One uncle was angry about the stay-at-home order. He doesn't believe that covid-19 is any worse than the flu. The other uncle hadn't stepped foot outside his house in the past four weeks and was upset that I have still gone to the grocery store once a week.

If you already know where you stand on this issue—or any issue—it's easy to find sources to back up your view.

If you only search "reasons coronavirus is a hoax," then you probably won't find good articles pointing you to the science behind the severity of the virus. At the same time, if you read the news through the lens of "covid-19 will kill us all and destroy the economy," you aren't likely to find positive stories about people who have healed or ways that we are helping one another in this time.

In today's world where we can find media to support any opinion, it's more important than ever to make sure that we aren't limiting our sources of information or accidentally curating an online experience that only supports one opinion.

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