When we trust our feelings more than anything else, we stop trusting expert knowledge. And it could kill us.
The resentment that explains rural white political identity sits in tension with both grace and truth.
Social media have become the new custodians of knowledge. This matters.
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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