Good News: Social Ethics and the Press / Edition 1

Good News: Social Ethics and the Press / Edition 1

by Clifford Christians, John P. Ferre, P. Mark Fackler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195084322

ISBN-13: 9780195084320

Pub. Date: 06/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Mass media ethics and the classical liberal ideal of the autonomous individual are historically linked and professionally dominant—yet the authors of this work feel this is intrinsically flawed. They show how recent research in philosophy and social science—together with a longer tradition in theological inquiry—insist that community, mutuality, and

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Mass media ethics and the classical liberal ideal of the autonomous individual are historically linked and professionally dominant—yet the authors of this work feel this is intrinsically flawed. They show how recent research in philosophy and social science—together with a longer tradition in theological inquiry—insist that community, mutuality, and relationship are fundamental to a full concept of personhood. The authors argue that "persons-in-community" provides a more defensible grounding for journalists' professional moral decision-making in crucial areas such as truthtelling, privacy, organizational culture, and balanced coverage. With numerous examples drawn from life as well as from theory, this book will interest journalists, editors, and professionals in media management as well as students and scholars of media ethics, reporting, and media law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195084320
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
When Culture Suppresses7
Perspective and World View10
The Model's Four Elements12
2Enlightenment Individualism18
The Eighteenth-Century Mind18
Libertarian Press Theory25
Academic Media Ethics32
Deficiencies in Individual Autonomy41
Normative Social Ethics44
3Communitarian Ethics49
The Incredibility of Ethical Relativism54
Mutuality61
Types of Ethical Thinking75
Epilogue83
4Civic Transformation84
Patchwork or Fundamental Change?84
Rethinking the Press's Mission86
News: The Justice Story91
News: The Making of Covenant98
News: The Empowerment Story105
News as Social Narrative113
5Organizational Culture123
Two Models124
Corporate Moral Agency128
Organizational Discourse132
The Humanized Workplace141
Institutional Infrastructure156
Conclusion163
6Normative Pluralism164
The Technical Artifice167
Purposive Nature173
History as a Normed Process175
World-View Pluralism185
Conclusion194
Notes197
Bibliography235
Index257

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