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How Covid made digital media the new normal

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02.07.2020

The Corona epidemic becomes an intensive time to watch people. One learns interesting things about how people perceive themselves and the world around them. One of them recently told me that for him, “the empirical was banal and dailyness was repetitive. Even the empirical had to be read at the level of the symbolic and the institutional.”

Social meteorology

I was intrigued, my friend chuckled on the phone. He said, “Think for a minute. It’s not people who are the only objects of the Corona and its havoc. Its focus is on perceptions and institutions.” The biggest victim of the Corona is the State. No critic has exposed the ineptness of the State as effectively as the Corona. The best criticism of Uddhav Thackeray and Tamil Nadu’s Palaniswami is Covid-19.

My friend added, “this will be a new kind of social meteorology indicating the health of institutions.” My friend claimed that the test of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was Covid, and the corporations turned out to be bereft of ideas, except for a pretentious notion of housework which was indifferent to gender. He rambled on exploring his thesis.

He stopped and suddenly asked me, “As a sociologist tell me, where is the biggest change?” I mumbled tiredly, “the city”. He laughed triumphantly. He said, “No. It is the newspaper.” He gave me a lecture,........

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