research product . 2021

Trust, Democratic Resilience, and the Infodemic

Frischlich, Lena; Humprecht, Edda;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2021
  • Publisher: Policy Paper Series
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
This policy paper focuses on the nexus between trust and mis- and disinformation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, we use the image of a spiral to illustrate selected predictors of distrust at the macro-level of societal institutions (particularly democratic institutions and the media), the meso-level of intergroup relations, and the micro-level of individuals’ generalized distrust towards power, what might be referred to as the conspiracy mentality. At each level, this paper reviews evidence for the state of (mis-) trust before the pandemic and how declining levels of trust increase vulnerability to mis- and disinformation and/or conspiracy narrat...
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free text keywords: Department of Communication and Media Research, 700 Arts
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