Trust in information sources translating unverified information: personal and age aspect
Abstract.Unverified information holds an important place in life of any person. Being not only an elemental communication phenomenon, but also the means of manipulative impact on human consciousness, such information can be disseminated in terms of interpersonal communication and mass media. The goal of this work lies in examination of trusts of the adult respondents and students, who are prone to manipulations, in various information sources translating unverified information. The choice of student youth as an empirical object of research is caused by the escalated interest of scholars to this age group. The scientific novelty consists in creation of the original methodology that allows assessing the level of subjective trust in sources that translate unverified information about the country’s political and economic events, as well as examination of trust in such sources of the persons with the evident manipulative trends. The results demonstrate that television has most credibility among the respondents. Unlike students, the adult respondents do not trust Internet and would not believe the unverified messages from random people. The great majority of adults and students with high level of manipulative trends have confidence in federal TV channels. Escalation of trust in federal channels among the adult respondents is accompanied by the decline of such in local television, and among the student – in Internet; it concerns both, the political and economic events.
Keywords: federal TV channel, mass communication, manipulative tendencies, students, trust, information channel, unverified information, local TV channel, Internet, interpersonal communication
Article was received:13-08-2018
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