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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 ...

Digital Ethics
Digital ethics

In the previous chapter, in looking at the impact of WikiLeaks, we considered whether or not emergent media technology raised new species of generic moral problems or whether it gave rise to uniquely new moral problems. In this chapter we take that discussion further. It may be that the transformative power and global scope of digital technologies require us to rethink the foundations of Media Ethics. The computer ethicist Charles Ess (2009), for example, suggests that the impacts of the current wave of innovative media technologies are so profound that we require nothing less than a correspondingly new Digital Media Ethics. The transformation of existing media (film, television, newspapers, etc.), together with the emergence of new forms of media (social media, ...

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