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Tourism and the COVID-(mis)infodemic: Letter to the Editor.

Williams, N.L., Wassler, P. and Ferdinand, N., 2022. Tourism and the COVID-(mis)infodemic: Letter to the Editor. Journal of Travel Research, 61 (1), 214-218.

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DOI: 10.1177/0047287520981135


In addition to being formally defined as a pandemic, COVID-19 has been classified as an “infodemic” and “(mis)infodemic”. As an "infodemic", the information environment on COVID-19 is constantly evolving, with emerging scientific findings, political responses, media coverage, and individual impressions all shared on social media Initial positions on behaviours and potential treatments were presented and then discarded due to low efficacy or improper research procedures. Further, there has been a fragmented geopolitical response with differing political systems exhibiting varying approaches to decisionmaking and health outcomes which has lead to confusion of the public. As a "misinfodemic", COVID-19 discussions have also attracted actors seeking to share misinformation enabled and exacerbated by social media networks, which include willful distortions as well as conspiracy theories. Combined, this (mis)infodemic can change risk perceptions of travel resulting in travel patterns based on technological, regulatory and perceived behavioural homophily.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Covid19; Conspiracy Theories; Vaccine Hesitancy; Social Media; Infodemic; Misinfodemic
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:34933
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 14:46
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:25


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