[NetBehaviour] THE UNPRECEDENTED - March 2020

Paolo Ruffino contact at paoloruffino.com
Mon Mar 30 11:04:52 CEST 2020

Here is something I did in my spare time in these weird days. Hope you like


The unprecedented collects every sentence that I’ve received via email
through March 2020 that includes the word ‘unprecedented’, used in relation
to the current coronavirus crisis. For this project, I’ve been looking into
newsletters, announcements, personal correspondence and spam.

The current condition, its effects and solutions, are frequently defined as
‘unprecedented’, for lack of a better word. At the same time, the repetition
turns an unspeakable crisis into something manageable. It becomes a known
unknown <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk>. At some point
in the near
future, the COVID-19 crisis will no longer be newsworthy. We’ll get used to
it. Language contributes to this process of normalisation. The
unprecedented becomes
business as usual. This collection premediates that future condition, and
captures the unprecedented as it becomes preceded.

The unprecedented is an exercise in uncreative writing

For questions and comments please get in touch at: contact at paoloruffino
dot com

This is an unprecedented time in our history.

The current pandemic is unprecedented in modern times.

We hope that you, your family, and loved ones are all healthy during these
unprecedented times.

Our country is facing unprecedented times right now.

The interventions being made to manage the spread of coronavirus are

I’m writing to thank you for all your hard work, especially as the
coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, bringing unprecedented events
and great concerns.

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented movement in financial

As the spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for our
city region, we are working in a range of ways to offer support to our
local NHS acute hospitals.

Thanks so much for your valuable input as we find our way through this
unprecedented situation.

We would like to remind you that in the face of this unprecedented health
situation, we are all involved in ensuring the smooth operation of your

Assessment should fairly reflect the unprecedented circumstances we are all

However, due to the closure of the buildings in these unprecedented
circumstances, we will be unable to make digitisations of the library’s
print materials for the time being.

As we respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19
pandemic, the absolute priority in our decision-making will always be the
wellbeing and health and safety of our staff and students and our duty to
maintain the University’s financial stability.

As well as creating significant and serious issues, we are aware these
unprecedented times also create opportunities for us to provide solutions
to this global challenge.

We’d like to thank you all for your support and understanding during this
unprecedented time.

Do something which you enjoy, which will help to relieve the stresses which
this unprecedented public health crisis will bring.

It’s important that Americans know that their President and their
government are behind them 100%, which is why President Trump has announced
he will be taking unprecedented emergency action to provide financial
relief for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others.

We have welcomed a number of steps taken by the University so far during an
unprecedented crisis – particularly the move to suspend face-to-face
teaching, the increase in people working from home, and the assurances that
all staff including hourly paid and other precarious workers will still
continue to be paid is welcomed by all I’m sure.

Over the last few days the executive team and the trustees of the BGI have
been discussing this unprecedented crisis and how the NVM should react.

We are in an unprecedented situation.

Coronavirus: the unknown and unprecedented risk.

It’s also really important to look after yourself in these unprecedented

These are unprecedented times and I would like to thank our teams up and
down the country for the work they are doing and you, our customers, for
your patience and support.

We wish you well as we face this monster of a global pandemic: please stay
safe in this unprecedented time of crisis.

The interventions being made to manage the spread of coronavirus are
unprecedented – and are clearly going to affect almost all aspects of life.

Our country is facing unprecedented times right now and President Trump is
working around the clock to keep our Nation and its citizens safe.

The ‘corona flu’ that Trump waves off is an unprecedented danger to
geriatric populations, with a potential death toll in the millions.

As anxious and uncomfortable as they were, people recognized that the
community's collective survival was at stake and accepted the unprecedented

This is an unprecedented situation that changes daily, even hourly.

We’d like to thank you all for your support and understanding during this
unprecedented time.

The "unprecedented" measures the government has rolled out.

However, we are also clear that assessment should fairly reflect the
unprecedented circumstances we are all facing and we have put a range of
measures in place to ensure this is the case.

As the spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for our
city region, we are working in a range of ways to offer support to our
local NHS acute hospitals.

The uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has left many people
feeling afraid, anxious and helpless.

Coronavirus: India Under Unprecedented 21-Day Lockdown.

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an “unprecedented” range of measures
to help individuals and businesses through the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the world's
nations: Choose between economy and health.

Coronavirus-related sports cancellations are 'unprecedented'.

The restrictions ordered today are unprecedented in modern history and will
create many inconveniences.

Virus pandemic an unprecedented test for a young generation.

In a time when our Nation is facing unprecedented challenges, it’s
important that we remember that we are all in this together and that we
will come back STRONGER than ever before.

Due to the high volume of flight cancellations due to COVID 19, we are
experiencing an unprecedented high volume of requests.

Numerous countries around the globe have adopted unprecedented measures to
limit the further spread of the virus and reduce the number of future

The scale of the crisis facing our country today is unprecedented.

The COVID–19 crisis is forcing unprecedented changes on all of us, not just
in the way that we live our own lives but in the way we consider the lives
of those around us.

On the other hand, the present, unprecedented situation has made media and
communication issues more topical than ever.

>From myself and all my colleagues at Norwegian, I would like to thank you
for your understanding during this unprecedented situation.

And together, we will share the seriously good news of our seriously good
God – even in this most “unprecedented” of times.

Dr. Paolo Ruffino
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