The Corona Truth Wars

Where Have All the STS’ers Gone When We Need Them Most?

Abstract

The current corona pandemic disrupts the entire world like and threatens not only public health, but our economies, social relations, democracies, rule of law, mental well-being and more. While we may have more understanding of the Sars-Cov-2 virus than half a year ago, much of what it does and how to combat it is still uncertain, despite a dazzling amount of research on it. That may be logical when new issues arise, but the situation is complicated by the fact that this quest for truthful knowledge about the virus is entangled with various (geo)political dynamics, government policy pressures, media reporting, platform moderation and public understandings of it all. It is therefore quite unclear what information is reliable, which experts to follow and what (epistemic) authorities to trust. Science and Technology Scholars are perfectly equipped with concepts, theories and methods to help us understand these complex dynamics, and guide us through the fog of uncertainty and manipulation. Yet they seem remarkably absent in public and scientific debates. What is going on?

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Published
Nov 11, 2020
How to Cite
Harambam, J. (2020) “The Corona Truth Wars: Where Have All the STS’ers Gone When We Need Them Most?”, Science & Technology Studies, 33(4), pp. 60-67. doi: 10.23987/sts.99550.