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One suggestion to alleviate our society's misinformation problem is that people should take a stronger personal and civic responsibility to be informed and educate themselves in critical thinking and media literacy.
This view puts the primary responsibility for our current informational predicament on individuals. It views them as somehow cognitively deficient. However, this view is mistaken.
The epistemic condition of responsibility states that one can only be held responsible for outcomes that one caused knowingly. For people to cause actions knowingly, they must be aware of what they are doing, the consequences, and alternatives to the action, and that the action is morally significant.
Accepting the epistemic condition of responsibility raises a complex philosophical question when applied to the proposed responsibility to be informed. Since awareness and knowledge are necessary for responsibility, how knowingly do people know and share things?
Two arguments support the view that people’s belief-forming and information-sharing behaviour generally does not fulfil the epistemic condition of responsibility.
If we accept that citizens are not primarily causally responsible for our poor information environments, they may still have a remedial responsibility to fix them.
However, it is unclear when a person is informed if it will improve information practices.
Citizens should be encouraged to do what they can to prevent disinformation. For example:
Leaning away from individual responsibility means that the burden should be shifted to those who have structural control over our information environments.
Solutions include placing accountability and responsibility on technology companies, government, regulatory bodies, traditional media and political parties.
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