Communicating COVID-19

Communicating COVID-19 : Everyday Life, Digital Capitalism, and Conspiracy Theories in Pandemic Times

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The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has changed the way we live and communicate. The phases of lockdown brought about by the pandemic fundamentally changed the way we work, lead our everyday lives, and how we communicate, resulting in Internet platforms becoming more important than ever before. Communicating COVID-19 explores the impact of these changes on society and the way we communicate, and the effect this has had on the spread of misinformation.

Critical communication and Internet scholar Christian Fuchs analyses the changes of everyday communication in the COVID-19 crisis and how misinformation has spread online throughout the pandemic. He explores the foundations and rapid spread of conspiracy theories and anti-vaccination discourse on the Internet, paying particular attention to the vast amount of COVID-19 conspiracy theories about Bill Gates. He also interrogates Internet users' reactions to these COVID-19 conspiracy theories as well as how Donald Trump communicated about COVID-19 on Twitter during the final year of his Presidency.

Communicating COVID-19 is an essential work for anyone seeking to understand the role of digital technologies, changes in communication and the Internet, and the spread of conspiracy theories in the context of COVID-19.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 369g
  • Bingley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1801177236
  • 9781801177238
  • 1,113,316

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Pandemic Times

Chapter 2. Everyday Life and Everyday Communication in Coronavirus Capitalism

Chapter 3. Conspiracy Theories as Ideology

Chapter 4. Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories as Ideology in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis

Chapter 5. Users' Reactions to COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories on Social Media

Chapter 6. Donald Trump and COVID-19 on Twitter

Chapter 7. Conclusion: Digital Communication in Pandemic Times and Commontopia as the Potential Future of Communication and Society
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Review quote

The world of Covid-19-related conspiracy theories is a murky one, and Fuchs is an excellent guide. His examination of some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is fascinating and alarming in equal measure. -- The Scotsman, September 2021
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About Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is a critical theorist and Professor of media and communication studies at the University of Westminster, UK. His work focuses on digital media and society, the political economy of communication, communication theory, and critical social theory. He is the editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and author of many books, including: Social Media: A Critical Introduction (third edition 2021), Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory (2020), Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter (2018).
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