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Autopsy of a metaphor: the origins, use and blind spots of the ‘infodemic’

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In 2020, the term ‘infodemic’ rose from relative obscurity to becoming a popular catch-all metaphor, representing the perils of fast, wide-spreading (false) information about the coronavirus pandemic. It featured in thousands of academic publications and received widespread attention from policymakers and the media. In this article, we trace the origins and use of the ‘infodemic’ metaphor and examine the blind spots inherent in this seemingly intuitive term. Drawing from literature in the cog...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1177/14614448211031908

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Subgroup:
CT POLITICS & INT RELATIONS; CZ OXFORD INTERNET INSTITUTE
Oxford college:
Balliol College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-0371-4653
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2947-765X
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
New Media and Society Journal website
Pages:
146144482110319-146144482110319
Publication date:
2021-07-20
Acceptance date:
2021-06-24
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EISSN:
1461-7315
ISSN:
1461-4448
Pubs id:
1187486
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pubs:1187486

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