Things I Learned Writing The Lockdown Post

Source: Astral Codex Ten
by Scott Alexander

“Over the past ~year, I’ve seen endless terrible arguments over whether we should have more or less lockdown. People asked me to write a post on it. It’s something I personally was wondering about and wanted to write a post on. And the dynamics of media — where I get more clicks if I write about things more people are interested in — incentivize me to write a post about it. But the smartest people I talked to kept — is ‘derailing’ the right word? — derailing onto more interesting and important pull-the-rope-sideways plans. … I was asking ‘Yes, that’s all nice and well, but blue state good red state bad? Or red state good blue state bad?'” (07/21/21)