Doom-scrollers, beware the feel-good social media posts in times of war
They can distort our perceptions into missing the bigger picture. Days after Russia invaded Ukraine; a chubby cat went viral. Also known as "the panther of Kharkiv", the post said he was a secret weapon specially trained to detect the lasers from enemy snipers. However, it was quickly discovered to be nothing more than feel-good nonsense targetted at those who are doom-scrolling through the daily horrors of war. Hannah Murphy examines this morale-boosting blend of myth, exaggeration and fact that's marking a new frontier in the information wars and explains why such posts can be so harmful.
From Financial Times