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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 ...


The emergence of digital media has radically extended the range of Media Ethics. We have already encountered in previous chapters issues around social media. Events associated with the rise of emergent digital media are played out on a global scale and have raised fundamental moral issues about national and international security. The global reach of digital media has enabled the broadcasting (if that is what it is) of sensitive material on an unprecedented scale. The paradigm case here is that of WikiLeaks which we will examine in some detail in this chapter. This case in particular exposes tensions between divergent ethical views of the role of the state in relationship to the media. These to some extent echo the dilemmas we have already ...

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