Explain what concepts you think are being used by the “persuader” from this section of course material.

Part I: Consider Social Norms Related to Wearing Masks in the United States Prior to 2020
Norms are prescriptions for accepted or expected behaviors. Your assignment is to consider the readings in this section on Attitudes, Conformity, and Norms and address the following questions in your posts:* Prior to Covid-19, when you saw a person wearing a mask in public (medical mask) who wasn’t a doctor, did that seem normative?* The first time you were told to wear a mask in public or in a store, how did that feel relative to being normative or non-normative? How did you feel several months later?* How do you feel now when you see people in public places without masks?* Read the article in the following link and share your reaction to the reading.https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/masks-reveal-new-social-norms-what-a-difference-a-plague-makes/
Part II: Apply Course Concepts to Understanding the Current Political Divide about Wearing Masks in the United States
On the Discussion Board discuss information that you have seen on social media or news media that utilizes attempts to get people to wear masks (or information that argues against wearing masks). Explain what concepts you think are being used by the “persuader” from this section of course material. Feel free to provide links to videos or articles that you find and analyze.
also, in a spearate paragraph respond to this answer by anothr student:If I saw someone wearing a medical mask in public pre-covid it definitely wouldn’t have seemed normative to me. Prior I thought medical masks were just for those in the medical field, and I never thought of masks to be protecting of others when it comes to sicknesses. What I also find interesting that reminded me of it when answering this question is how normalized going to work and school when one had a minor cold, now if I have a cold I would stay home.The first time I wore a mask in public or at a school it definitely felt non-normative at first. I felt like it was wrong in a way, even though I knew I was doing the right thing. It was also uncomfortable at first, I remember it was summer time when things slowly started to open up, so I was very hot and uncomfortable wearing the masks. Especially at work and talking so much it was just so uncomfortable. Now, it feels very normal. If anything, I now feel exposed if I don’t wear a mask. This summer when businesses started to lift the mask regulations, I tried going to a few stores without wearing a mask, and although the breath of fresh air felt nice, I always ended up putting it on after a few minutes. I feel like now it is non-normative to not wear a mask. Now when I see people in public places without a mask, I honestly get irritated. I want everyone to keep each other safe and wear a mask.On a more positive note, social media promoting the use of masks was beneficial, at least for me. I vividly remember in the very beginning of the pandemic, these youtubers called the Try Guys made a video on how wearing a mask out is very important but there was a shortage at that time. So they made a video of how to make one using a bandana and I tried it and it worked. It wasn’t great and it was very uncomfortable but I used it while taking my dog on a walk. I think that is a way that social media can benefit those watching as it informed me on how to make a mask during a whole shortage. On a more negative note, I wasn’t surprised to see the country divide about wearing masks. Like the article mentioned, the president at the time outright refused to wear a mask, of course those susceptible or those that supported him followed in his footsteps. And although he ended up getting covid, people that followed him still refused to wear a mask.
The persuader in this context is using the central route, which is when people are motivated and have the ability to pay attention to the arguments in the communication. Those who wanted to wear a mask and who wore a mask were motivated to do so in order to stop the spread of covid, and they were motivated due to seeing the uprise in numbers on the news 24/7. I know at first I probably wasn’t to keen on the idea of masks, but I remember the anxiety that came with covid in the beginning and I knew that I would do my part.
683900a minute agoPLEASE IN A SEPARATE SECTION ALSO RESPOND TO THIS ANSWER BY ANOTHER STUDENT:Before the COVID Pandemic started, I don’t remember seeing anyone in public wearing a face mask for medical purposes. This practice just wasn’t something that was used within the United States. In other countries this was normal even before the beginning of the pandemic, but not typically in the United States. The first time I wore a mask in public was odd. I was the type of person who just didn’t leave my house for the first few months of the pandemic so it took some getting used to after not leaving my house. At first masks were annoying and itchy on my face. But over time it was something that society got relatively used to. That is until that acceptance turned into anger and defiance against masks because we have had to wear them for so long. Personally, now I get frustrated when I see people in public without masks on. This is mainly because I think the reason we are being told to keep wearing them is to make an attempt to keep people safe. I think the point isn’t as much protecting ourselves but wearing masks to protect others who may be more vulnerable. With that view, it seems, in my opinion, selfish to refuse to wear a mask when it isn’t much of an inconvenience, and could protect the people around you.
I thought it was interesting that the article mentioned how divided the population of the United states is about the idea of wearing masks. I thought it was interesting because of the truth behind it. My boyfriend’s sister is pretty opposed to wearing masks, she just doesn’t believe that they are helpful. But my boyfriend’s dad is very set on the idea of wearing masks because his father, my boyfriend’s grandfather, died of COVID late last year. If even within families the view on wearing masks is divided, how would we expect a whole country full of people to agree on such a view? The article also mentioned the mixed messages given from different “important figures.” Which message are Americans supposed to follow if the entire CDC is saying to wear masks but while Donald Trump was President, he and his Vice President wouldn’t do so.When the pandemic first started, I think people were posting more so about the importance of wearing masks. I think within my feed on social media the first posts were more saying “be respectful, wear a mask,” or similar messages. As time went on, and it became clear that there were people who didn’t want to comply with the mask mandates, more of the posts on my Instagram feed became statistics about people who have died from COVID. Things became more about numbers and statistics than any attempt to make things personal. Once the vaccines started being distributed, a lot of my feed was celebrities and influencers posting that they got vaccinated in an attempt to say “I got vaccinated, so you should too.”I try to be respectful of people’s views but it is difficult when people’s views and actions could be putting other people in danger when they have no control