A short history of pandemic coverage on the Internet

SARS, H1N1 and MERS

  • Will Mari Louisiana State University
Keywords: internet history, online news, journalism

Abstract

This short history of previous online pandemic news coverage (of SARS, H1N1, MERS, c. 2003–2012) draws on Pew Research Center data and then-contemporary primary sources, including meta-journalistic analysis, to explore continuities and divergences to the present and our ongoing coranavirus pandemic. Numerous trends, including a cycle of neglect and panic, emerged on the Internet in the 2000s, and have become exacerbated over time. Other, more positive trends, such as more interactive and helpfully mediated/curated access to health experts, have also emerged. This study provides important context for our current moment.

Published
2020-10-14
How to Cite
Mari, W. (2020). A short history of pandemic coverage on the Internet. First Monday, 25(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v25i11.10826