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Chapter 17 - COVID-19: Conspiracies and Collateral Damage vs Constructive Critique

from Science and Race

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 November 2022

Julien Musolino
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Joseph Sommer
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Pernille Hemmer
Rutgers University, New Jersey
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The COVID-19 pandemic that turned the world upside down in early 2020 also gave rise to an “infodemic” of misinformation and conspiracy theories. This chapter tackles three issues. We first explore the political and ideological underpinnings of the COVID-19 infodemic and its organizational, rhetorical, and ideological links to climate denial. We then highlight the legitimacy of political grievances in light of government pandemic policies. We conclude by proposing a sketch of the boundary between politically-motivated denial of science on the one hand and legitimate political arguments on the other.

The Cognitive Science of Belief
A Multidisciplinary Approach
, pp. 374 - 397
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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