Living Ethics

Living Ethics : Across Media Platforms

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A thorough, well-researched introduction to media ethics, Living Ethics gives students a clear and cogent look at the foundations and fundamentals of ethics across media platforms. Bugeja addresses both classic and contemporary cases, and gives the reader not only a sense of what to do in a given situation, but how to be. Relentlessly practical, the book calls on students to develop their own, personal codes of ethics to help guide them through dilemmas that will occur in their own lives. In so doing, Bugeja goes beyond the prescriptive approach of many texts, and has created a book that assumes both that students can understand ethics, and also act ethically.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 halftones, 3 line illus.
  • 0195188608
  • 9780195188608
  • 2,059,386

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"This phosphorescent book puts communication ethics on a new order of magnitude. Living Ethics is destined to become a classic in the tradition of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, Jacques Ellul's Propaganda, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulations. Brilliant in content and spectacular in research, a master teacher and public intellectual are at work here. Establishing ethics discourse across media platforms is exactly what the field needs in a technological age and we'll never be able to think about ethics in static terms again. With formalism discredited and relativism simplistic, Living Ethics is an ingenious alternative."--Clifford Christians, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specific examples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to the literature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business"Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morally converged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University"The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, Georgia State University"[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "This phosphorescent book puts communication ethics on a new order of magnitude. Living Ethics is destined to become a classic in the tradition of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, Jacques Ellul's Propaganda, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulations. Brilliant in content and spectacular in research, a master teacher and public intellectual are at work here. Establishing ethics discourse across media platforms is exactly what the field needs in a technological age and we'll never be able to think about ethics in static terms again. With formalism discredited and relativism simplistic, Living Ethics is an ingenious alternative."--Clifford Christians, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specific examples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to the literature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business"Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morally converged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University"The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, Georgia State University"[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "This phosphorescent book puts communication ethics on a new order of magnitude. Living Ethics is destined to become a classic in the tradition of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, Jacques Ellul's Propaganda, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulations. Brilliant in content and spectacular in research, a master teacher and public intellectual are at work here. Establishing ethics discourse across media platforms is exactly what the field needs in a technological age and we'll never be able to think about ethics in static terms again. With formalism discredited and relativism simplistic, Living Ethics is an ingenious alternative."--Clifford Christians, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specific examples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to the literature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business "Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morally convergedworld. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University "The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, Georgia State University "[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "This phosphorescent book puts communication ethics on a new order of magnitude. Living Ethics is destined to become a classic in the tradition of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, Jacques Ellul's Propaganda, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulations. Brilliant in content and spectacular in research, a master teacher and public intellectual are at work here. Establishing ethics discourse across media platforms is exactly what the field needs in a technological age and we'll never be able to think about ethics in static terms again. With formalism discredited and relativism simplistic, Living Ethics is an ingenious alternative."--Clifford Christians, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specific examples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to the literature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business "Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-lifeexamples about how to apply ethics in our morally converged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University "The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, Georgia State University "[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "This phosphorescent book puts communication ethics on a new order of magnitude. Living Ethics is destined to become a classic in the tradition of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, Jacques Ellul's Propaganda, and Jean Baudrillard's Simulations. Brilliant in content and spectacular in research, a masterteacher and public intellectual are at work here. Establishing ethics discourse across media platforms is exactly what the field needs in a technological age and we'll never be able to think about ethics in static terms again. With formalism discredited and relativism simplistic, Living Ethics is aningenious alternative."--Clifford Christians, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specificexamples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to theliterature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business"Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morallyconverged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University"The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, GeorgiaState University"[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "This is an important book--a comprehensive look at media ethics, drawing on vital and pervasive concepts, and blessedly relevant to multiple media venues, not simply publishing, electronic media or digital media. Big ideas about responsibility, fairness, bias, temptation are connected to specificexamples, some powerful, some homely, but all useful. This is at once a treatise for serious readers and a text for students and professionals in a world where convergence is not only conceptual, but also part of the lives of people who work across platforms too. A very useful contribution to theliterature, building on and greatly amplifying an earlier edition."--Everette E. Dennis, Distinguished Felix. E. Larkin Professor of Media & Entertainment Industries, Fordham Graduate School of Business"Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morally converged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University"The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, GeorgiaState University"[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstractphilosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State University "Living Ethics is full of wisdom and insight, featuring both the philosophical foundations that underpin ethics and real-life examples about how to apply ethics in our morally converged world. Talk about relevant! Rather than hypotheticals, the book is filled with real stories about plagiarism, graphic video, satire, sexual harassment, photojournalism, and direct quotes. It's the best ethics book in communications."--Paul Parsons, Elon University"The best thing about this book is that it refuses to accept the old adage about leading a horse to water but not being able to make him drink. This book believes students can be taught both to understand ethics and to act ethically, and then outlines a way to do just that."--Gregory Lisby, GeorgiaState University"[Bugeja] wants us to experience how it feels to have a guilty conscience, not just think about it in terms of an abstract philosophical framework. Such an emphasis has a place in the classroom because it calls for personal accountability."--Robin Riley, New Mexico State Universityshow more

About Michael Bugeja

Michael Bugeja is Professor and Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. The recipient of the 2009 Clifford G. Christians Award for Research in Media Ethics (for Living Ethics), Bugeja is the author of twenty books, including Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age (OUP, 2005).show more

Table of contents

PART ONE: BUILDING YOUR ETHICAL BASE ; 1. Influence ; 2. Responsibility ; 3. Truth ; PART TWO: TESTING YOUR ETHICAL BASE ; 4. Falsehood ; 5. Manipulation ; 6. Temptation ; 7. Bias ; PART THREE: ENHANCING YOUR ETHICAL BASE ; 8. Fairness ; 9. Power ; 10. Value Systemsshow more

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