In an era of fake news, are we living through a crisis in trust?
Without trust society couldn’t function.
We need to know that individuals and organizations are competent and reliable, that they’re not corrupt and that they’ll honour their word.
But now we have digital manipulation, allegations of fabricated news stories and ubiquitous social media spewing out much that is bogus and emotionally manipulative.
What, then, can be done to counter these developments? And how much of a threat do they pose to democracy? We speak to the most trustworthy of philosophers, Onora O’Neill.
Presented by David Edmonds – BBC World Service, The big idea: the new distrust
Short Summery of the BBC podcast
What is trust?
Trust is a judgement that someone else can be relied upon or that some institution can relied on.
It isn’t proof. Trust is what we do when we need a shortcut.
Why is it so important?
There isn’t time in this life to go and to get complete evidence and a proof for everything.
We often have to rely on other people, so we have to have quick and reasonable ways of judging, whether they can be relied on for a particular purpose.
So it lubricates life, it makes life easier, easier quicker friendlier, all sorts of good things.
But the down side is, if you misplace trust, if you place trust in somebody who is untrustworthy.
Society can’t function efficiently without trust.
There is a distinction between trust and trustworthiness
Trustworthiness: three ingredients
Reliability: that is be honest and competent each time
Trustworthiness: the paperwork is only the evidence of reliability
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