I of course had to go back and refresh myself on what he meant. Piot's take is that I believe that modernity is deeply flawed. While I do think that our culture has unadvisedly disconnected itself from some rather basic human needs (ok, I know it's a buzzword, don't go Maslov on me), I'm not entirely sure I would go so far as to say Modernity is deeply flawed.
As for Swine Flu, I don't know. Part of me is deeply cynical about the whole thing, is it yet another manufactured scare to keep us stuck to our TV screens and out of active engagement with the world around? Probably. Does 159 deaths a pandemic make? Compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu (20-100 million dead... hows that or concise?), or car accidents( @ 3000 per anum), it seems like a drop in the bucket. On the other hand with the speed of travel what it now is, the next true pandemic will be a doozy. Will have to think some more.