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We hardly remember it and yet, it was just on February 21 that Boris Johnson announced the lifting of all restrictions linked to Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. A date to mark with a white stone, one might think, after two years of pandemic as terrifying as hectic. The news, however, was met with near indifference.

On the one hand because the pandemic is not over – it is just ebbing away. On the other, because President Putin had just ordered his tanks to enter the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine. Three days later, the most dangerous armed conflict seen on the European continent since 1945 began, with the full-fledged invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army.

Just-in-time catastrophism

We live, it seems, in a time of constant crisis: ricocheting haphazardly from one calamity to another, scrolling before our anxious eyes an endless stream of Twitter alerts and other notifications, trying to figure out the latest catastrophic news. As if history had snatched our buoys and armbands from us to engulf us in a whirlwind of events that follow one another so quickly that no one can predict the consequences, or even understand their meaning.

This permanent amazement is compounded by the way news is made available to us today: everywhere, all the time and presented in a way that makes us react. War or pandemic topics are accompanied by anxiety-inducing WWIII or zombie apocalypse memes. These are the kinds of times when our cell phones become prophets of the apocalypse, each screen swiped bringing us news from the front lines or hospitals and activating our neural fear response. We are in the era of just-in-time millennial catastrophism.

“An interesting time”

If our social networks undoubtedly contribute to the ambient gloom, the nature of recent events also justifies our feeling of saturation. In November, Boris Johnson claimed he was literally “minus one” to save the planet from climate change as world leaders gather in Glasgow for the COP26 once again failed to take serious action.

In December, we were in the middle of the fourth wave of Covid-19, with several million contaminations. In Europe, the new year has brought war to the Continent. We live “an interesting time

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The Sunday Times (London)

Founded in 1822, it merged with The Times in 1967. The darling of Rupert Murdoch is today one of the best quality Sunday newspapers, in any case the most widely read.

Like the Sunday editions of major British dailies, The Sunday Times is composed of many supplements: Company, Home, Money, Review. Less focused on hot news than its daily version, it gives a lot of space to in-depth investigations and lighter articles.

Like The Times, this weekly installed its online edition in January 1996. Their websites are built on the same model, allowing the visitor to navigate from one to the other without getting lost. However, the site is not very accessible to non-subscribers, especially since the articles available for free are not indicated. The presentation remains sober, even sad. The articles selected often refer to other articles on the same themes, thus facilitating reading and research.

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