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THE COVID-19 ‘INFODEMIC’

by Karlijn Roex and Giovanni Colavizza

“We are being bombarded with information about COVID-19. It is not always easy for the individual to tell apart established knowledge from unproven scientific theories, rumours and misinformation. In consequence, conspiracy theories are on the rise and frustration about conflicting information is growing. What can we do?”

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The Role of Media and Mass Communication Theory in the Global Pandemic

by Mark Deuze

“Throughout the history of the field of media and mass communication theory and research, claims have been made that ‘mass’ media and ‘mass’ communication are concepts that do not fit the contemporary media environment (anymore). However, contemporary developments and debates regarding the role of media and communication in the context of a global pandemic clearly suggest otherwise. In this article, the field of study regarding media and mass communication is reviewed based on the (7) fundamental theories explaining the role of media in society, as these have emerged out of a century of scholarship in media studies and communication science. The study aims to show how each of these theories can be considered to be ‘at work’ in current debates and concerns about the role of media and communication in the global coronavirus pandemic/infodemic.”

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‘We are doing better’: Biopolitical nationalism and the COVID-19 virus in East Asia

by Jeroen de Kloet

“The COVID-19 pandemic stirs up strong nationalist and localist sentiments; places pride themselves on containing the virus more effectively: We are doing better. We call this ‘biopolitical nationalism’, understood by us as the dynamics between body, geopolitics and affect. When looking at mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, we analyse how the biopolitical efforts of these places are being compared, applauded and supported. Under a discourse of life and survival, this celebration of biopolitical control does not fall into the classic reproduction of capital, but speaks to geopolitical identification. Biopolitics has morphed into a field of competition, of rivalry, of nationalistic – or, perhaps more generally, localist – power games. What can we do as Cultural Studies scholars?”

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THE COVID-19 ‘INFODEMIC’

by Karlijn Roex and Giovanni Colavizza

“We are being bombarded with information about COVID-19. It is not always easy for the individual to tell apart established knowledge from unproven scientific theories, rumours and misinformation. In consequence, conspiracy theories are on the rise and frustration about conflicting information is growing. What can we do?”

… more

The Role of Media and Mass Communication Theory in the Global Pandemic

by Mark Deuze

“Throughout the history of the field of media and mass communication theory and research, claims have been made that ‘mass’ media and ‘mass’ communication are concepts that do not fit the contemporary media environment (anymore). However, contemporary developments and debates regarding the role of media and communication in the context of a global pandemic clearly suggest otherwise. In this article, the field of study regarding media and mass communication is reviewed based on the (7) fundamental theories explaining the role of media in society, as these have emerged out of a century of scholarship in media studies and communication science. The study aims to show how each of these theories can be considered to be ‘at work’ in current debates and concerns about the role of media and communication in the global coronavirus pandemic/infodemic.”

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‘We are doing better’: Biopolitical nationalism and the COVID-19 virus in East Asia

by Jeroen de Kloet

“The COVID-19 pandemic stirs up strong nationalist and localist sentiments; places pride themselves on containing the virus more effectively: We are doing better. We call this ‘biopolitical nationalism’, understood by us as the dynamics between body, geopolitics and affect. When looking at mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, we analyse how the biopolitical efforts of these places are being compared, applauded and supported. Under a discourse of life and survival, this celebration of biopolitical control does not fall into the classic reproduction of capital, but speaks to geopolitical identification. Biopolitics has morphed into a field of competition, of rivalry, of nationalistic – or, perhaps more generally, localist – power games. What can we do as Cultural Studies scholars?”

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30 June 2020, admin