Christian Fuchs: Everyday Life and Everyday Communication in
Coronavirus Capitalism. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 18
In 2020, the coronavirus crisis ruptured societies and their everyday
life around the globe. This article is a contribution to critically
theorising the changes societies have undergone in the light of the
coronavirus crisis. It asks: How have everyday life and everyday
communication changed in the coronavirus crisis? How does capitalism
shape everyday life and everyday communication during this crisis?
Section 2 focuses on how social space, everyday life, and everyday
communication have changed in the coronavirus crisis. Section 3 focuses
on the communication of ideology in the context of coronavirus by
analysing the communication of coronavirus conspiracy stories and false
The coronavirus crisis is an existential crisis of humanity and society.
It radically confronts humans with death and the fear of death. This
collective experience can on the one hand result in new forms of
solidarity and socialism or can on the other hand, if ideology and the
far-right prevails, advance war and fascism. Political action and
political economy are decisive factors in such a profound crisis that
shatters society and everyday life.
Keywords: coronavirus, COVID-19, everyday life, everyday communication,
critical theory, critical theory of communication, means of
communication, communication technology, capitalism, ideology, fake
news, false news, crisis, public health, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey