The sudden and radical suspension of most activities during the COVID-19 crisis has changed participation in society radically. Many aspects of social life have shifted to video-mediated interactions and have led to an accelerated use of digital communication channels in private (family talk), professional (work at home) and public (school lectures) situations. We investigate video-mediated interactions during and past the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of a sociology of situation and mediatization research.
Little is known about the various ways in which videos were used during the pandemic, apart from the medical sector. There is no systematic study of the importance of video-based interactions for maintaining sociality in a crisis and its impact on social resilience. With the introduction of digital vignettes, we offer a new situational approach to the research on mediatization. Furthermore, we are the first to investigate the form of sociality that results from accelerated video usage during a pandemic.