Summary of Does the Media Have a “Duty of Care”?

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Does the Media Have a “Duty of Care”? summary
Poor media ethics have eroded political engagement. Should the media be accountable?


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Policy advocate David Puttnam argues for a new level of responsibility in the media – that is, honoring a “duty of care” toward democracy. Says Puttnam, the media heavily influence democratic debate and thus should be accountable for providing accurate, unbiased information. getAbstract predicts that this daring, intellectual lecture will provoke a strong response among policy makers and media-industry insiders, whether they agree with his solution or not.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “duty of care” signifies,
  • Why this responsibility should extend to the media industry and
  • What role the media should play in democracy.


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About the Speaker

David Puttnam devotes himself to public policy in education and the communications industries. He produced the hit movies The Mission, The Killing Fields and Bugsy Malone, among others.

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