From the Foreword: "'A Contagion of Institutional Distrust,' the latest research from the Network Contagion Research Institute, maps how a broad swath of Americans are mobilizing against vaccines and public health restrictions and seeks to map that mistrust in the same way we are mapping the virus itself. The report offers us incredibly important new tools, such as methods to detect and predictively map emerging threats to our democracy and public health at the county level, from social media platforms that are becoming increasingly sovereign from democratic control. More importantly, it maps the underlying concerns of our fellow Americans, who, as it turns out, are mothers who want their children to return to school or people understandably concerned about government excess, more often than they are people who believe Aliens are stealing our election. With these maps in hand, we must now come together as Americans to look past the caricatures, blame, and the lies because the path to public health, the path to healing, is now sewn directly to our commitments to one another and to renewing our democracy. Our fight against tyranny, conspiracy, and corrosive mutual distrust now stands on our ability as Americans to reject the disgust of blame and appeal, and, through coherent reason, to reach toward a sober consensus of unlikely collaborators."
Network Contagion Research Institute; Rutgers University
Ross, Alexander Reid; Modi, Malav; Paresky, Pamela B. . . .