A Duty of Care

Kaleigh B

In this video, filmmaker David Puttnam explains why the media should have a “duty of care” to consumers. I’m particularly intrigued by this idea and the way that it could be applied to other aspects of civil engagement. It seems at least plausible that the narrative of a “duty of care” could be applied to aspects of civil participation that currently undermine the ability of people to be “informed” and to change the current system. Tech companies, for instance, might owe a duty of care to their users in that they should not be able to prevent people from seeing posts that do not fit within their current worldview. Though the narrative of a duty of care admittedly still works within a framework of individual rights, it seems reasonable that it could be used as a turning point for the individual to consider other individuals.

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