Christian Fuchs. 2021. Communicating COVID-19. Everyday Life, Digital
Capitalism, and Conspiracy Theories in Pandemic Times. SocietyNow
Series. Bingley: Emerald. 336 pages.
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This book is a contribution to the analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic on
society. It takes a sociological and communication studies approach for
analysing the following question: How have society and the ways we
communicate changed in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis?
The book analyses the changes of everyday communication in the COVID-19
crisis and how misinformation has spread online throughout the pandemic.
It 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.
"Communicating COVID-19" 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
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Pandemic Times
Chapter 2. Everyday Life and Everyday Communication in Coronavirus
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