“Epidemic hysteria or mass hysteria refers to apparently contagious dissociative phenomena that take place in large groups of people or institutions under conditions of anxiety” 1

The idealistic vision of the World Wide Web and the implementation of biased algorithms are trapping people inside social and traditional media echo chambers; producing networked propaganda. Immediacy of continual updates produce unhealthy psychological effects. Designed to be replicated and amplified, it becomes contagious.

Drawings of women in catalepsy by Albert Londe
Drawings of woman in catalepsy by Albert Londe

  1. Walker, M.S.D.B.J., 2010. Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders. Companion to Psychiatric Studies E-Book, p.453, doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-7020-3137-3.00017-6