Sunset over water, with clouds, in Lovina, Indonesia.
Sunset over water, with clouds, in Lovina, Indonesia.
Sunset in Lovina, Indonesia. (Credit: Melissa Cassar)

One way of looking at life during COVID is that we’ve all become part of a diaspora.

It’s an old-fashioned word, first used to describe how Jews are spread across the world, scattered rather than living in any one place. Today, it can refer to any linguistic or cultural community that’s been made to leave home. There’s a Tibetan diaspora, and an African diaspora. Sometimes the word can mean nationals of a certain country living outside the nation’s borders, a category that for India numbers more than 15 million people.

But in a broader sense, today, we’ve all been dispersed…

David Robinson

Writer & idea wrangler. I make lenses for looking at technology and its human impacts. Visiting Scientist @CornellCIS.

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