The article makes good sense; there is value in taking care when expressing views about any subject including the American response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
That is, you have to depend on more than anecdotes and generalizations to advance an argument. An argument may be sustainable based on solid evidence; that being the case, there is no good reason to depend on anecdotes and generalizations. Smugness, meanwhile, does not serve to advance an argument.
An Aug. 9, 2020 New Zealand Herald article is entitled: “100 days without Covid-19: How New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world.”
An Aug. 9, 2020 Associated Press article is entitled: “US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe’s alarm.”
An Aug. 10, 2020 JAMA article is entitled: “COVID-19 in Canada: Experience and Response.”
An Aug. 10, 2020 Stat News article is entitled: “Winter is coming: Why America’s window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing.”
An Aug. 10, 2020 Associated Press article is entitled: ‘Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak.”
An article in the September 2020 issue of The Atlantic is entitled: “How the Pandemic Defeated America.”
An Aug. 11, 2020 CBC article is entitled: “No one’s talking about winter yet. When it comes to COVID-19, here’s why we should.”
I like Deanna Kreisel’s article for many reasons. For one thing, it offers a fresh perspective on Vancouver – in a sense, a foreign correspondent’s view of the city. There is tremendous value in fresh perspectives. For another thing, valuable as the content in a New York Times or Atlantic article may be, such articles follow a set structure – a set way of presenting an argument and driving home a point. The set structure – the form of editing: the editorial scaffolding and structure – is part of a house style that leaves me cold. The article by Deanna Kreisel steps outside of such a structure. The style is incisive, personal, and it’s not over-edited.
There is an off-kilter quality inherent in over-edited, ‘house-style’ texts turning up in any jurisdiction anywhere. A related topic concerns the impact of film language on attempts to make sense of everyday life: