The public figure and public trust

I’m circling back to the concept of the public figure. This is a quote from a recent article on our president.

In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton described as impeachable “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

Michael Conway

The public figure is a product of the mass media system. Luhmann said that everything we know about the world comes from the mass media, which includes books, newspapers, etc., not just electronic media. We learn about the lives of public figures through the mass media.

According to Luhmann, all communication depends on trust.


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