petej + foi   28

Why we stopped trusting elites | News | The Guardian
If a world where everyone has their own truth-tellers sounds dangerously like relativism, that’s because it is. But the roots of this new and often unsettling “regime of truth” don’t only lie with the rise of populism or the age of big data. Elites have largely failed to understand that this crisis is about trust rather than facts – which may be why they did not detect the rapid erosion of their own credibility.

Unless liberal institutions and their defenders are willing to reckon with their own inability to sustain trust, the events of the past decade will remain opaque to them. And unless those institutions can rediscover aspects of the original liberal impulse – to keep different domains of power separate, and put the disinterested pursuit of knowledge before the pursuit of profit – then the present trends will only intensify, and no quantity of facts will be sufficient to resist. Power and authority will accrue to a combination of decreasingly liberal states and digital platforms – interrupted only by the occasional outcry as whistles are blown and outrages exposed.
elites  representativeDemocracy  trust  politics  media  business  honesty  norms  authority  liberalism  technology  Internet  populism  lies  alienation  disillusionment  UKIP  MPs  expenses  wikileaks  phonehacking  MurdochRupert  Libor  finance  BBC  Tesco  Volkswagen  exposure  whistleblowing  FOI  BlairTony  transparency  Brexit  Leave  MetropolitanPolice  RobinsonTommy  conspiracyTheory  relativism  dctagged  dc:creator=DaviesWill 
november 2018 by petej

related tags

accountability  alienation  archives  Article50  assessment  authority  BAESystems  BBC  benefits  BIS  BlairTony  Brexit  business  climateChange  communication  competition  congestionCharge  conspiracyTheory  costs  CPS  data  DavisDavid  dc:creator=DaviesWill  dctagged  debt  democracy  DExEU  disclosure  disillusionment  DWP  education  elites  Elsevier  email  England  environment  EU  expenses  exposure  Facebook  favicon  favicongate  fees  finance  FOI  ForeignOffice  FreedomOfInformation  globalWarming  government  GraylingChris  GreenPaper  Guardian  HEFCE  helpToWork  higherEducation  history  hoarding  honesty  HowardLeague  humour  ICO  ICT  impact  information  Internet  journals  land  LandRegistry  Leave  legal  LetwinOliver  liberalism  Libor  lies  loans  lobbying  LOCOG  London2012  Manchester  MayTheresa  media  MetropolitanPolice  MinistryOfJustice  MPs  MurdochRupert  negotiations  news  norms  OFFA  OfS  olympics  Olympics2012  openness  OperationBrontide  OperationMalone  ownership  pay  PeelHoldings  personalData  phonehacking  police  policing  politics  POPS  populism  prison  privacy  procurement  protest  publicSector  publicSpending  publishing  ReadingRoom  regulation  relativism  Remain  reports  representativeDemocracy  research  RobinsonTommy  royalwedding  scholarlyCommunication  science  secrecy  socialMedia  students  subscription  suppliers  SwartzAaron  technology  Tesco  TraffordCentre  transparency  trolling  trust  tuitionFees  Twitter  UCU  UEA  UK  UKIP  ukuncut  universities  UniversityOfWisconsin  USA  Volkswagen  webDesign  welfare  whistleblowing  WhittakerJohn  wikileaks  Wisconsin  workfare 

Copy this bookmark:



description:


tags: