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SAFE – In the time of Covid

Orginally published June 6, 2020

SAFE – Situational Awareness For Everyone

With the first weekend of Phase 2 (Virginia’s and other states’ Covid-19) reopening, we need to be aware of what could happen.

In an article about Mob psychology, author Spencer Baum helped explain sociologist Mark Granovetter’s theory of Threshold models of collective behavior and how humans react differently when in crowds.

“Granovetter proposed riots were started by people with a threshold of zero — instigators willing to throw a rock through a window at the slightest provocation. Then comes the person who will throw a rock if someone else goes first. He has a threshold of one. Next in is the person with the threshold of two.

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