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Communication in the Age of Suspicion
Trust and the Media
Edited by Vian Bakir and David M Barlow
 
 
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12 Apr 2007
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If ever a book was timely, this is it. While politicians, business leaders and other public figures work assiduously to establish their trust credentials, there are almost daily reports in 'old' and 'new' media suggesting, or insinuating, a pervasive and deep seated sense of public distrust in both these same individuals and in the institutions that they represent.

This is a fascinating, accessible and very readable book that explores and interrogates the relationship between media and trust. It begins by examining the decline of trust in key institutions and the relationship between Trust Studies and Media Studies. Fourteen international contributions follow, focusing on a variety of genres and examining a number of media forms. Can we speak of The End of Trust? The book concludes by sketching out three emergent themes before considering the implications for media communication and the potential directions for future research in this Age of Suspicion.


Description

If ever a book was timely, this is it. While politicians, business leaders and other public figures work assiduously to establish their trust credentials, there are almost daily reports in 'old' and 'new' media suggesting, or insinuating, a pervasive and deep seated sense of public distrust in both these same individuals and in the institutions that they represent.

This is a fascinating, accessible and very readable book that explores and interrogates the relationship between media and trust. It begins by examining the decline of trust in key institutions and the relationship between Trust Studies and Media Studies. Fourteen international contributions follow, focusing on a variety of genres and examining a number of media forms. Can we speak of The End of Trust? The book concludes by sketching out three emergent themes before considering the implications for media communication and the potential directions for future research in this Age of Suspicion.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
PART 1: COMMUNICATION IN THE AGE OF SUSPICION
The Age of Suspicion; V.Bakir& D.Barlow
PART 2: MEDIA AND EROSION OF TRUST
Origins of the Problem of Trust: Propaganda during the First World War; M.Redley
The Erosion of Trust in Australian Public Life; J.Archer
Manufacturing Authenticity in a Small Nation: The Case of Independent Local Radio in Wales; D.Barlow
Terrorism and the Microdynamics of Trust; B.Richards
Risk, Advice and Trust: How Service Journalism Fails its Audience; J.Collins
'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor': MMR and the Politics Of Suspicion; C.Critcher
New Media Enterprise in the Age of Suspicion; G.Allard
Trust, Data-mining and Instantaneity: The Creation of the Online Accountable Consumer; A.McStay
PART 3: MEDIA AND BUILDING TRUST
Risk Communication, Television News and Trust Generation: The Utility of Ethos; V.Bakir
The Media's Role in a Transition Society: From Public Lies to Public Trust?; K.Tampere
Trust in a Time of Crisis: The Mass Media as a Guardian of Trust; A.Mehta
'It Was a Mascara Runnin' Kinda Day': Oprah Winfrey, Confession, Celebrity and the Formation of Trust; S.Wilson
Branding Trust: The Ideology of Making Truth Claims Through Interactive Media; J.Jones
The Technology of Distrust; G.Gumpert& S.J.Drucker
PART 4: CONCLUSIONS: TRUST AND THE MEDIA
The End of Trust?; V.Bakir& D.Barlow
Notes
References
Index


Authors

VIAN BAKIR is Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, UK. She has published in the fields of environmental risk communication, policy-agenda-setting, dataveillance and ethics, grounded theory and cultural strategy, and European identity and the media.

DAVID M BARLOW is Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication and directs the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of Glamorgan, UK. He is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, and has published widely on community communication and on media in Wales.