Trust is the basis of all social relations. Trust is expressed through communication. Whenever the media of communication changes, trust changes with them. The following questions are therefore fundamental to any society. Which media are available to engender or confirm trust? Which are used and why? In which context are they used? And on which grounds is trust placed in the media themselves? The volume addresses these matters by considering periods in the development of Western civilization during which certain media seem to have been predominant: the periods of the spoken, the handwritten, and the printed word, and that of the audiovisual and electronic media.
Marco Mostert is Professor of Medieval Written Culture at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He has published extensively on the history of medieval communication and literacy, and is not averse to excursions into the earlier and later periods in the history of communication.