Edelman Trust Barometer

The 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer is the 22nd annual trust and credibility survey.


Recent academic studies suggest that social media is indeed corrosive to trust in governments, news media, and people and institutions in general.

When our public square is governed by mob dynamics unrestrained by due process, we don’t get justice and inclusion; we get a society that ignores context, proportionality, mercy, and truth.

John Stuart Mill said, “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that,”

From HN:

  1. "The human mind avoids nothing as much as thinking." -- Unknown, quoted by my dad

  2. "We used to agree on the facts, and than argue about what do do. Now we simple disagree on the facts" -- Friend of Mine

  3. "The quickest way to release stress hormones from the brain, unfortunately, is to 'beat' up someone else." -- My therapist

(1) Leads to humans always gravitating towards an explanation that reliefs them from thinking. Simple, short, populist messages are perfect for that.

(2) Has us end discussions before we even get to talk about what to do.

(3) Has us make feel good when we can "beat" up someone else on social media.

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