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A New Credibility:
Identification, Interactivity & Transparency
Brian Carroll & Randy Richardson
Berry College
Standing on shoulders
 Hovland, McCroskey
 Johnson & Kaye
 Flanagin & Metzger
 Meyer
 Burke
 Brock, Brommet, Crable, Cohen
Traditional dimensions
of credibility
 Expertise
Accuracy
Fairness
Absence of bias
New paradigm for credibility
Identification (Burke)
Interactivity
Transparency
Re-voicing of journalism
(The humanity of it all!)
Research Questions
 RQ1: Why do readers loyally read their blogs
of choice? What does this say about the
values or qualities of A-list blogs and their
authors that make them credible to their
readers?
 RQ2: Why do blog readers trust the blogs they
read?
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Carroll richardson

  • 1. A New Credibility: Identification, Interactivity & Transparency Brian Carroll & Randy Richardson Berry College
  • 2. Standing on shoulders  Hovland, McCroskey  Johnson & Kaye  Flanagin & Metzger  Meyer  Burke  Brock, Brommet, Crable, Cohen
  • 3. Traditional dimensions of credibility  Expertise Accuracy Fairness Absence of bias
  • 4. New paradigm for credibility Identification (Burke) Interactivity Transparency Re-voicing of journalism (The humanity of it all!)
  • 5. Research Questions  RQ1: Why do readers loyally read their blogs of choice? What does this say about the values or qualities of A-list blogs and their authors that make them credible to their readers?  RQ2: Why do blog readers trust the blogs they read?
  • 8. Online Survey Self-selected Anonymous Number of respondents: Pharyngula: 70 Informed Comment: 222
  • 9. Why do you read Informed Comment? Expertise >> 107 of 222 respondents (48%) NOT mainstream media >> propaganda, drivel, political spin, distorted reporting Absence of bias >> 18 mentions Accuracy >> 15 mentions Fairness >> 11 mentions
  • 10. Why do you trust Informed Comment? Expertise >> 91 of 222 responses (41%) Credentials >> 39 mentions Fairness >> 37 mentions Absence of bias >> 17 mentions Accuracy >> 18 mentions
  • 11. Why do you read Pharyngula? 11 of 70 cited “expertise” Zeroes for absence of bias, accuracy, fairness
  • 12. Why do you trust Pharyngula? 26/70 citing “expertise” Zeroes for other traditional credibility dimensions He cites his sources (transparency)
  • 13. Emergent dimensions of credibility online Identification: “His politics agree with mine.” “His judgment echoes my own.” 27 overt mentions of ID for Q1, 18 for Q2 (Cole) 13 overt Q1, 11 Q2 (Myers) “common enemy” ID (10 cites of Bush in Cole; “bastards, bastards”; 20 of 70 for Pharyngula -- 29%)
  • 14. Emergent dimensions of credibility online -- Identification Humanity and Authenticity >> 12 mentions (Cole); “re-voicing” Humor >> 17/70 Pharyngula (24%) Interactivity: A conversation, not a lecture. Emails returned. Dining out.
  • 15. Emergent dimensions of credibility online -- Identification Transparency: “I was wrong.” “I don’t know.” “I’ve changed my mind.” “Here are my sources.” (This all relates to accountability and objectivity.) Humanity: “He cares about the Middle East and has real sympathy for the people living there.” Navigability and site design
  • 16. Aristotelian ethos Back to the future Good sense (competence, intelligence, expertise) Good moral character (honesty, trustworthiness, fairness) Goodwill (compassion, humanity)
  • 17. Limitations and Future Research Inter-coder reliability (& Scott’s Pi) Systematic factor analytic approach using emergent criteria across media Longitudinal research Locus of the transaction
  • 18. Schemas for media-specific ethos Legacy Media New(er) Media Traditional Smart Imperative to inform Infor. as a means to democracy Market economy Knowledge capital Professional (editors) Top-down, centralized Filtered, edited content Fact-checked Polished, cool, conclusive Audience as receptors Mass media messages Non-interactive Audience as electorate High barriers to entry (elitist) Linear Positivist Emergent Simple Imperative to empower Democracy as a means to knowledge Gift economy Social capital Amateur (readers are editors) Edges-in, de-centralized Unfiltered, unedited content Transparent In-process, engaged, non-conclusive Audience as participants Microcontent Interactive, hyperlinked, hypermediated Audience as activists Low barriers to entry (egalitarian) Networked Post-modern