“Tabloid-only readers are twice as likely to agree with a negative view of politics than readers of no newspapers. They’re not just less politically engaged. They are consuming media that reinforces their negative evaluation of politics, thereby contributing to a fatalistic and cynical attitude to democracy and their own role within it.

“Generally a duty of care arises when one individual or a group of individuals undertakes an activity which has the potential to cause harm to another, either physically, mentally or economically.

“Isn’t it time that we develop this concept of a duty of care and extended it to include a care for our shared but increasingly endangered democratic values? After all, the absence of a duty of care within many professions can all too easily amount to accusations of negligence, and that being the case, can we be really comfortable with the thought that we’re in effect being negligent in respect of the health of our own societies and the values that necessarily underpin them?”

He briefly addresses possible issues of censorship later in his talk. Disregarding the many ethical and logistics problems inherent in his suggestion, the central thesis of his talk resonates with me. I’d love to see this expanded into a more comprehensive discussion.

Video here: http://on.ted.com/r023Y