The Digital Pandemic: Imagination in Times of Isolation

João Pedro Cachopo, Rachael McGill (Translator)

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A refreshing approach to the dominance of technology in our contemporary lives, The Digital Pandemic, translated from Portuguese, poses fundamental questions about love, fear, connectedness, proximity, imagination and consciousness.
Arguing that the pandemic has ushered in a civilizational digital shock, João Pedro Cachopo charts new channels of relatedness and communication between people through digital technologies for the foreseeable future. The transformation of human experience that began in 2020 creates a break in our sociality that Cachopo pinpoints through key themes of love, travel, study, community and art.

In contrast to the growing philosophical literature on the pandemic, this bold theoretical work does not prophesy the fall of capitalism or the end of personal freedom and relationships. Instead, this book carefully investigates the advanced technology that is increasingly inextricable from our lives, using an alternative approach that avoids pessimism, while remaining alert to the risks and threats of the digital age. It opens up the possibility of fostering global solidarity and consciousness beyond physical borders in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages120
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3502-8431-9, 978-1-3502-8432-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-3502-8428-9, 978-1-3502-8429-6
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Pandemic
  • Imagination
  • Remediation
  • Globalization
  • Digital
  • New Media
  • Technology
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Philosophy of culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Agamben
  • Byung-Chul Han
  • Latour
  • Zizek
  • Rancière
  • Badiou
  • Digital Age


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