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Science Disinformation in a Time of Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "The advent of social media has conferred on the public a freedom of expression and virtual assembly that has transformed contemporary society. In doing so, the 21st century media environment has also given licence to information extremism and disinformation of all stripes, from the comical to the venomous. Here, Christopher Dornan examines a specific species of information disorder: content that adopts the mannerisms of science in order to advocate anti-science. Science disinformation, he argues, is an especially worrying genre of falsity because it amounts to an attack on rationality, and therefore on the underpinnings of informed public policy and good governance. The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic provides a case study to examine specific instances of science disinformation, how these spread, and the dangers they pose to the public good."

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2020-06
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2020 Public Policy Forum
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