Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Blog written by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, coprincipals of Insights International (Ithaca and New York City)
We have been talking about privacy, and the ethics of posting a film made long before posting existed as a way of distributing video.
Many of you argued that our film, made in 1988, should be posted for the altruistic reasons that this film was created for: to "help" and "educate".
Recently we all learned about the young man who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his most private life was exposed on-line. Clearly he did not consent to this, nor ever would have. The two who posted this are responsible for their actions.
But how far does this go? Perhaps this young man who took his own life was "close to the edge".
But the two who invaded his privacy, and the internet audience, did not, and could not know this. These two events are correlated. Are they cause and effect?
How responsible are we for what we post?
We know that we cannot control postings, and once it's up, it can easily be used in ways we did not intend.
Are we still responsible?