Time’s panic-attack covers


From Pokemon addiction to satanism, Time magazine has been a consistent chronicler (and sometimes creator) of faux crises over the years. Anxiety-inducing covers sell well on the newsstand, apparently.

In this post, Reason.com recalls some of the classics of covers that over-stated some cultural or health problem.

Reason.com left out a cover I recall from some cob-webbed corner of my brain. During the summer of 1982, less than a month before the CDC first started using the term AIDS, Time ran a cover story suggesting there was a national Herpes epedemic.

Reason.com’s point (or at least mine): there are always things to be scared of — but not always the ones that show up on the cover of Time.