Fabio Paglieri

Communicating the pandemics: argumentative mistakes, misguided motivations and dissonant silences

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Keywords: argumentation, Covid-19, bounded rationality, virality

The Covid-19 pandemic has offered some notable examples of how public communication may backfire, in spite of the best intentions of the actors involved, and what role poor argumentative design plays in such failures, in the context of the current digital media ecology. In this chapter, I analyze some concrete examples of argumentative failure in anti-Covid vaccine communication in the European Union, and leverage such case studies to issue a call to arms to argumentation scholars: argumentative competence is sorely needed for an effective response to the pandemic, yet argumentation theory will need to join forces with other areas of expertise to realize its societal impact. When it comes to arguments, self-isolation is not a viable strategy to fight Covid-19.

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