Media of Trust: Visualizing the Pandemic

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This article looks at the media of trust that immediately started to fill the blank spaces of pandemic uncertainty. They are in a position to create trust because they are bound to a visual and oral culture the society is acquainted with. This includes visualization devices such as dashboards that monitor the pandemic situation or podcasts that provide expert knowledge in a situation of extreme uncertainty. Media of trust are two-fold. The first dimension provides an overview of the pandemic and gives orientation in a situation of uncertainty. These visualization devices stem from a visual culture tied to managerial decision-making. The tensions that arise when such specific concepts are repurposed to visualize pandemic situations lead to the second dimension of media of trust. This includes oral media aimed at the individual, personal level that become important in situations of isolation during lockdown.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPandemic Media : Preliminary Notes Towards an Inventory
EditorsLaliv Melamed, Philipp Dominik Keidl, Vinzenz Hediger, Antonio Somaini
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationLüneburg
Publishermeson press
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)­­978-3-95796-008-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95796-009-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020