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I challenge you, as journalists, to figure out how you can help us to manage fear in the public. I hope you haven't reached the point at which you either want to stick your head in the sand or run around and say the sky is falling.
I hear the word "panic" all the time, and most of the time people don't panic. Panic really is about a loss of social order, a loss of internal order. Most of the time people are running around doing what they believe is self-protective. It's not panic, but it might not be social order.
This is essential and we learned this concept in the State of Fear very poignantly. When people are in a state of fear, they cannot function, they cannot think clearly or make good judgments. A panic is also like a state of inebriation of some kind and that is truly dangerous in a situation which requires full awareness.