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Title: Communicating Corrected Risk Assessments and Uncertainty About COVID-19 in the Post-truth Era
Authors: Fernandes, Adalberto 
Keywords: Actor-network-theory; COVID-19; Discourse analysis; Post-truth; Risk; Science communication; Uncertainty
Issue Date: 2021
Project: FCT grant SFRH/BD/120675/2016 to fund a Ph.D. 
Serial title, monograph or event: Frontiers in Communication
Volume: 6
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for science communication in terms of addressing the question of uncertainty and how it translates into risk. This task has been aggravated by the complexity of the pandemic and the current post-truth environment. The article suggests that there is a need to analyze the practices of correcting risk information that is uncertain, but not necessarily false, made by online news media about COVID-19. This is a point of analysis where the uncertainty and risk linked to science, the pandemic, and the post-truth condition meet. The qualitative discursive analysis yielded three important results: (1) uncertainty can be fought by increasing uncertainty; (2) a multiplication of facts or reasons may not be the most prominent strategy in practices of correction; and (3) the use of hyperlinks with additional information can increase uncertainty and risk.
ISSN: 2297-900X
DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2021.646066
Rights: openAccess
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