Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Here in Japan we are working on vulnerable populations under covid-19 and the restrictions that are imposed around the pandemic (homeless, refugees, gig-workers, food and factory and sex workers, etc) Of course, social media is hugely important in the sharing of information; safe spaces, resources and supplies, jobs still available, occupational danger (often at the same jobs!) but also as a tool of resistance and mobilization.
For us here, much of these echo some patterns we saw during 2011, and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown triple disaster.See Social Media, Information and Political Activism in Japan’s 3.11 Crisis , Political movement
Since we are all are trying to practice ‘social distancing’ and ‘sheltering in place’ (a luxury that many we are working with cannot afford), much of our data is coming online.
I would be interested to have anyone share the situation in other places–both the use social media in times of crisis and as a research tool to understand these practices. It is not necessary to commit to the idea of disaster capitalism to see that events such as this are of cycle of increasingly shorter intervals. So what is different now? In terms of technology, affordances, practices and understanding there of?