Is the disintegration of mainstream media also the death of trust? Paul recently spoke to a group of university professors of communications who were decidedly pessimistic about the changes going on in the media landscape. These scholars fretted that the ongoing loss of jobs and potential collapse of some major media institutions will take down with it the confidence that citizens have traditionally had in media sources.
Their concerns are certainly valid, but our commentators agree that new sources of trusted information will invariably emerge. The problem is that we are currently in an uncomfortable netherworld between the decline of the old and the birth of the new.