As the United States tries to slow the spread of coronavirus, social distancing has become the new normal. Millions of Americans are shuttering indoors and spending more time behind screens — and the memes have flourished. Tweets, TikToks, and more viral content have picked up on major themes of the coronavirus pandemic, like the importance of washing your hands, the scarcity of hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and how boring quarantine can be. Dr. Andre Brock, Associate Professor at Georgia Tech studying digital culture, and Emma Grey Ellis, staff writer at Wired magazine who specializes in internet culture and propaganda, joined On Second Thought to talk about what online meme culture reveals about how we're processing anxiety during this unprecedented pandemic.
East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story is a new documentary about a notorious housing project on Atlanta’s east side. The complex, once known as “Little Vietnam” for its violence and crime, was troubled from the outset by disinvestment, white flight, and concentrated poverty — and was also home to dozens of children and families striving to build a better life. The film airs on PBS on Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 8 p.m.. But first, On Second Thought spoke with former resident Lawrence Lightfoot and filmmaker Sarah Burns about the film, and learned more about its portrayal of the nuanced policies and personal stories behind the Atlanta public housing project.
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