Controversies in Media Ethics / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 59%)
Est. Return Date: 07/29/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 32%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $46.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 40%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $46.00   
  • New (5) from $67.15   
  • Used (9) from $46.00   


Controversies in Media Ethics offers students, instructors and professionals multiple perspectives on media ethics issues presenting vast "gray areas" and few, if any, easy answers. This third edition includes a wide range of subjects, and demonstrates a willingness to tackle the problems raised by new technologies, new media, new politics and new economics.

The core of the text is formed by 14 chapters, each of which deals with a particular problem or likelihood of ethical dilemma, presented as different points of view on the topic in question, as argued by two or more contributing authors. The 15th chapter is a collection of "mini-chapters," allowing students to discern first-hand how to deal with ethical problems. Contributing authors John A. Armstrong, Peter J. Gade, Julianne H. Newton, Kim Sheehan, and Jane B. Singer provide additional voices and perspectives on various topics under discussion.

This edition has been thoroughly updated to provide:

  • discussions of issues reflecting the breadth and depth of the media spectrum
  • numerous real-world examples
  • broad discussion of confidentiality and other timely topics

A Companion Website ( supplies resources for both students and instructors. You can also join the Controversies community on Facebook:

Developed for use in media ethics courses, Controversies in Media Ethics provides up-to-date discussions and analysis of ethical situations across a variety of media, including issues dealing with the Internet and new media. It provides a unique consideration of ethical concerns, and serves as provocative reading for all media students.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415963329
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,238,993
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A. David Gordon retired from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2002, where he taught mass media ethics and law as well as journalism and media/society courses.

John Michael Kittross is editor of Media Ethics magazine. He retired from Emerson College, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He is managing director of K\E\G Associates, an academic consulting group.

John C. Merrill is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Missouri.

William A. Babcock is senior ethics professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Michael Dorsher teaches mass media ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part I: The Basics

Overview: Theoretical Foundations for Media Ethics

Chapter 1: Ethics and Freedom: Mass Media Accountability

Chapter 2: Individual Values, Social Pressures and Conflicting Loyalties

Reflections: Taking Aristotle to Work—Practical and Moral Values

Part II: Roles and Pressures

Chapter 3: Gatekeepers and Manipulators: Truth, Fairness and Accuracy

Chapter 4: The Ethics of "Correctness" and "Inclusiveness"

Chapter 5: Codes of Ethics

Tools for Ethical Decision-Making

Part III: Overarching Problems

Chapter 6: New Technologies and Techniques: New Ethics?

Chapter 7: Digitally Manipulated Content

Chapter 8: Media Ethics and the Economic Marketplace

Chapter 9: Access to Media: Equity in Receiving and Disseminating Information

Part IV: Hot Topics in Media Ethics

Chapter 10: Private Lives, Public Interests in a Digital World

Chapter 11: The Ethics of Persuasive Communication

Chapter 12: The Ethics of New Advertising Technologies and Techniques

Chapter 13: Infotainment, Sensationalism and "Reality"

Chapter 14: Violence and Sexuality

Chapter 15: More Topics in the Ethical Debate

Postscript: Some Questions without Answers and Answers without Questions


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)