Social media have become the new custodians of knowledge. This matters.
Is all social conservation just defensive reaction?
Suspicion and cynicism play right into the hands of authoritarian demagogues. Let's consider another way forward.
This issue of Comment is dedicated to analyzing the social dynamics of trust from different angles and constructively considering how to reweave the web. Generating a diagnosis is important, so woven throughout this issue are multidisciplinary accounts that give us insight into the sources of our cynicism—from fake news to ubiquitous surveillance to the broken realities of racism. But we also turn to consider how trust can be rebuilt by all sorts of small-scale but cumulative endeavours—in churches, schools, neighbourhoods, families, even—if you can believe it—politics.
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