Good News: Social Ethics and the Press / Edition 1

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195084320
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Illinois

University of Louisville

Wheaton College

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
When Culture Suppresses 7
Perspective and World View 10
The Model's Four Elements 12
2 Enlightenment Individualism 18
The Eighteenth-Century Mind 18
Libertarian Press Theory 25
Academic Media Ethics 32
Deficiencies in Individual Autonomy 41
Normative Social Ethics 44
3 Communitarian Ethics 49
The Incredibility of Ethical Relativism 54
Mutuality 61
Types of Ethical Thinking 75
Epilogue 83
4 Civic Transformation 84
Patchwork or Fundamental Change? 84
Rethinking the Press's Mission 86
News: The Justice Story 91
News: The Making of Covenant 98
News: The Empowerment Story 105
News as Social Narrative 113
5 Organizational Culture 123
Two Models 124
Corporate Moral Agency 128
Organizational Discourse 132
The Humanized Workplace 141
Institutional Infrastructure 156
Conclusion 163
6 Normative Pluralism 164
The Technical Artifice 167
Purposive Nature 173
History as a Normed Process 175
World-View Pluralism 185
Conclusion 194
Notes 197
Bibliography 235
Index 257
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