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Our new media landscape of social networking, blogging, and interactivity has forever changed how media content is produced and distributed. Choices about how to gather, evaluate and publish information are ever more complex. This blurring of boundaries between general public values and the values of media professionals has made media ethics an essential issue for media professionals, but also demonstrates how it must be intrinsically part of the wider public conversation. This book teaches students to navigate ethical questions in a digital society and apply ethical concepts and guidelines to their own practice. Using case studies, judgement call boxes and further reading, Understanding Media Ethics clarifies the moral concepts in media contexts, and enables students to apply them to practical decision making through real-life worked ...

Why Media Ethics?

A 27-year-old prince is partying in an exclusive suite of a Las Vegas hotel while on leave from his military duties. He and several of his female companions are naked, apparently following a game of ‘strip billiards’. One of his fellow revellers uses a mobile phone to photograph these antics. The rather poor and indistinct photographs are then subsequently sold for $10,000 to a celebrity website. The prince is clearly shown to be wearing nothing but a wrist watch and a distinctive necklace. The photographs are rapidly and globally available for anyone to view. In contrast, the press and broadcast media in the prince's own country, after representations from the Palace, do not publish the photographs. It is claimed that the prince ...

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