Media, Knowledge and Trust: The Deepening Epistemic Crisis of Democracy

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Media, Knowledge and Trust : The Deepening Epistemic Crisis of Democracy. / Dahlgren, Peter.

I: Javnost, Vol. 25, Nr. 1-2, 03.04.2018, s. 20-27.

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T1 - Media, Knowledge and Trust

T2 - The Deepening Epistemic Crisis of Democracy

AU - Dahlgren, Peter

PY - 2018/4/3

Y1 - 2018/4/3

N2 - The argument has two related parts: firstly, we are witnessing an “epistemic” crisis in public spheres that threatens to undermine political agency. This crisis has to do with the massive amounts and speed of information, the processes by which we construct knowledge, as well as the new forms of knowledge deriving from digital technologies. Many developments in information technologies benefit democracy, but there is a growing concern about cognitive dilemmas. Secondly, in the present tumultuous juncture of Western democracies, dominated by the populist revolt, traditional distrust of media has turned into an assault on basic Enlightenment premises, eroding shared understandings of reality and compatible discourse. “Knowledge” becomes legitimated via emotionality. Critical rationality and progressive politics must engage more with these developments.

AB - The argument has two related parts: firstly, we are witnessing an “epistemic” crisis in public spheres that threatens to undermine political agency. This crisis has to do with the massive amounts and speed of information, the processes by which we construct knowledge, as well as the new forms of knowledge deriving from digital technologies. Many developments in information technologies benefit democracy, but there is a growing concern about cognitive dilemmas. Secondly, in the present tumultuous juncture of Western democracies, dominated by the populist revolt, traditional distrust of media has turned into an assault on basic Enlightenment premises, eroding shared understandings of reality and compatible discourse. “Knowledge” becomes legitimated via emotionality. Critical rationality and progressive politics must engage more with these developments.

KW - civic knowledge

KW - democratic dilemmas

KW - epistemic crisis

KW - mediated knowledge

KW - trust in media

U2 - 10.1080/13183222.2018.1418819

DO - 10.1080/13183222.2018.1418819

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85041351915

VL - 25

SP - 20

EP - 27

JO - Javnost

JF - Javnost

SN - 1318-3222

IS - 1-2

ER -