This comprehensive and engaging treatment of communication ethics combines student application and theoretical engagement. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference reviews classic communication ethics approaches and extends the conversation about dialogue and difference in public and private life. Introducing communication ethics as a pragmatic survival skill in a world of difference, the authors offer a learning model that frames communication ethics as arising from a set of goods found within particular narratives, traditions, or virtue structures that guide human life.
Chapter 6: Public Discourse Ethics: Public and Private Accountability
Public Discourse Ethics: Public and Private Accountability
The public realm, as the common world, gathers us together and yet prevents our falling over each other, so to speak. What makes mass society so difficult to bear is not the number of people involved, or at least not primarily, but the fact that the world between them has lost its power to gather them together, to relate and to separate them. (Arendt, 1958/1998, p. 52)
This chapter begins with the assumption that public communicative space needs reclamation. Two initial presuppositions about the importance of public space guide this chapter. First, Hannah Arendt (1958/1998) was correct in announcing the danger of the loss of public and private life; these differing communicative arenas ...