Coronavirus and digital culture
The coronavirus has devastating effects around the world: it has stopped or at least seriously diminished offline social life. States have to take unforeseen measures to protect their people. Economies are crumbling and life has profoundly changed for millions of people. At the same time, the coronavirus produces enormous social activity online. We see an avalanche of memes, conspiracy theories, and far-right activism next to the emergence of new micro-celebrities and new forms of sociality that are reshaping our lives. The coronavirus is at the same time used as leverage for new forms of surveillance and control. This and much more in this new file.