Ethics for Public Communication

Ethics for Public Communication : Defining Moments in Media History

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Focusing on one historic episode per chapter, Ethics for Public Communication is divided into three parts, each dedicated to one of the three major functions of the media within democratic societies: news, persuasion, and entertainment. Authors Clifford Christians, Mark Fackler, and John Ferre, three trusted scholars in the field, discuss media ethics from a communicative perspective, setting the book apart from other texts in the market that simply combine journalism with libertarian theory. Classic media ethics cases, like the publication of Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring, are covered in tandem with such contemporary cases as the creation of Al-Jazeera English and the controversy surrounding Ice-T's protest song, "Cop Killer." FEATURES - A new "communitarian" approach to ethics that breaks from other texts in the discipline - A focus on classic and current cases that are culturally relevant today - A thorough and comprehensive grounding in the theory of media ethics - Longer and more universal case studies than those included in other texts, in order to provide more real-life, ethical dilemmasshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • Oxford, England, United States
  • English
  • Figures; Halftones, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0195374541
  • 9780195374544
  • 2,061,488

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"This book is both accessible and deep. Through the artful use of both historic and contemporary case studies, students can explore sophisticated ethical thinking that places community and our obligation to it at the center of a professional universe. The authors demonstrate that whether the issues focus on news, strategic communication or entertainment, community is an essential ethical touchstone for developing professional excellence." --Lee Wilkins, University of Missouri; Editor, Journal of Mass Media Ethics "I'm pleased with this new book because of its singular emphasis on communitarianism and the ways in which communitarian philosophy can and should influence media ethics decisions. The book offers a clear and distinct way of thinking about the individual versus the community and consequences for media ethics." --Jan Leach, Kent State University "In this highly inspiring masterpiece, communitarian ethics taps into our inner humanity like never before. The authors provide powerful tools for visionary action to the educators, media professionals, and change agents of the world."--Haydar Badawi Sadig, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia; author, "Peace Communication in Sudan: Toward Infusing a New Islamic Perspective."show more

About Clifford Christians

Clifford Christians is Research Professor Emeritus of Communications, Professor Emeritus of Media Studies, and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois. John Ferre is Professor of Communication at the University of Louisville. Mark Fackler is Professor of Communication at Calvin more