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The original edition of this accessible and interdisciplinarytextbook was the first to consider the ethical issues of digitalmedia from a global perspective, introducing ethical theories frommultiple cultures.

This second edition has been thoroughly updated to cover currentresearch and scholarship, and recent developments and technologicalchanges. It also benefits from extensively updated case-studies andpedagogical material, including examples of “watershed”events such as privacy policy developments on Facebook and Google+in relation to ongoing changes in privacy law in the US, the EU,and Asia.

New for the second edition is a section on “citizenjournalism” and its implications for traditional journalisticethics. With a significantly updated section on the “ethicaltoolkit,” this book also introduces students to prevailingethical theories and illustrates how they are applied to centralissues such as privacy, copyright, pornography and violence, andthe ethics of cross-cultural communication online.

Digital Media Ethics is student- and classroom-friendly:each topic and theory is interwoven throughout the volume withdetailed sets of questions, additional resources, and suggestionsfor further research and writing. Together, these enable readers tofoster careful reflection upon, writing about, and discussion ofthese issues and their possible resolutions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Charles Ess's revised edition of Digital Media Ethicsis a thorough and approachable introduction to an area of ethicsthat is increasingly important as the information age acceleratesinto a new era of globalization. Ess’s sensitivity tocultural awareness and difference makes this an importantcontribution: I highly recommend it for the classroom and generallycurious readers alike.”
Anthony Beavers, University of Evansville, and president of theInternational Association for Computing and Philosophy

"I highly recommend this book for school and university courses onInformation Ethics around the world. Clearly written, it opensvistas for intercultural dialogue on ethical issues of thecyberworld."
Rafael Capurro, International Center for InformationEthics

"Internet researchers and teachers will be thrilled with thisrevised edition of the deservedly popular Digital MediaEthics. Ess combines philosophical sophistication with clarityof exposition, addressing a wide range of topics. Thoroughlyupdated with many up-to-the-minute examples, it is a wonderfulresource for teachers, students, and anyone who cares about ethicalissues brought about by the digital age."
Alison Adam, Sheffield Hallam University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745641645
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: DMS - Digital Media and Society Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Ess is professor in media studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is a former president of the Association of Internet Researchers, and has previously held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Drury University, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Luciano Floridi
Preface: Why This Book?
Chapter Synopses
1. Central Issues in the Ethics of Digital Media
2. Privacy in the Electronic Global Metropolis?
3. Copying and Distributing via Digital Media: Copyright, Copyleft, Global Perspectives
4. Friendship, Democracy and Citizen Journalism
5. Still More Ethical Issues: Digital Sex and Games
6. Digital Media Ethics: Overview, Frameworks, Resources

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