Interweavement, International Media Ethics and Rational Decision-Making

Overview

Interweavement: International Media Ethics and Rational Decision-Making presents a media decision-making model–the Crisis Decision-Making Model for Media Rational Responsibility (CD_M3_R2)–that contributes to the effective performance of media decision-makers, as a consequence of being rational and responsible. The model, which is theoretical, prescriptive, and dynamic, helps media decision-makers understand what ought to be done during international political crises in order to achieve the sought-after goals. ...

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Overview

Interweavement: International Media Ethics and Rational Decision-Making presents a media decision-making model–the Crisis Decision-Making Model for Media Rational Responsibility (CD_M3_R2)–that contributes to the effective performance of media decision-makers, as a consequence of being rational and responsible. The model, which is theoretical, prescriptive, and dynamic, helps media decision-makers understand what ought to be done during international political crises in order to achieve the sought-after goals. The author looks at communication from the angle of decision-making and discusses how the nature of news-writing in media organizations is full of decisions with consequences that significantly shape the content of their communication. Based on extensive analysis of international media codes of ethics and the fundamentals of journalistic practices, the author suggests a motivator towards ethical conduct and proves it mathematically to demonstrate how rational conduct for the media decision-makers is connected to the adherence to key ethical principles. By applying Game Theory to the United States-Iraqi Crisis and the 2003 War on Iraq, the author shows how individuals’ decisions are interrelated and how those decisions result in outcomes that when analyzed help explain the rationality of actors in the war and examine the performance of media decision-makers. The author justly calls for the connection of four theoretical fields–communication, mathematics, crisis management, and decision-making–into a comprehensive body to create the foundation for the suggested model. The concept of Interweavement serves as a central locus through which the interactions among these fields are presented in a dynamic ideational architecture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780555036556
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mahmoud Eid, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Canada. His research focuses on international communication, media ethics, terrorism, crisis management and conflict resolution, and the political economy of communication. Dr. Eid is an editor of the Global Media Journal–Canadian Edition, the series editor of Communication Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches and Introduction to Communication and Media Studies. He has contributed chapters to several books published by Hampton Press, Pearson, Peter Lang and Oxford University Press, among others. He has also published several articles in The European Journal of Communication Research, International Journal of the Humanities, First Monday, INFORMATION, Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen, Corporate Ownership and Control and The Journal of International Communication.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction 1

I. PREMISE

Chapter 1: Communication and Decision-Making 11

Positioning a view of communication 11

Understanding communication decisions 19

The centrality of decision-making 29

Chapter 2: Communication and Crisis Management 41

Characterizing the crisis situation 41

The significance of crisis management 46

The functioning of communication as doubleedged sword in severe stress situations 49

Chapter 3: Communication and Mathematics 61

Mathematics required 61

The intertwinement of mathematics and communication 65

The relevance of Game Theory 69

Rationality in mathematics and decision-making 72

II. PRACTICE

Chapter 4: Communication Ethics and Media Responsibility 87

Ethical communication required 87

Media responsibility in theory and practice 97

Aspects of “good” journalism 110

Chapter 5: Media Codes of Ethics 127

Analysis of existing media codes of ethics 127

Towards a universal code of journalistic ethics 136

Criticism and debate of ethical conduct 139

III. PRAXIS

Chapter 6: The Rationality of the U.S.-Iraqi Crisis 149

Understanding the United States-Iraqi Crisis 149

Strategic choices: Rationality of War on Iraq decision-making 158

Chapter 7: The Political Games of War on Iraq 169

Chicken Game: A broad structure of War on Iraq 169

Samson and Delilah Game: The secrets of WMD and terrorism 181

Chapter 8: The Media Games of War on Iraq 195

Rationale 196

Prisoners’ Dilemma “modified” Game: Communication in charge 197

The Truth Game: A media challenge 211

IV. PROMISE

Chapter 9: Interweavement: A Theoretical Foundation 225

Interweavement: Building a basis for a model 226

Interweavement: Representation of interactions 229

The convergence of ethics and rational thinking 237

Modeling decision-making 247

Theoretical threads for feeding the model 249

Chapter 10: The Crisis Decision-Making Model for Media

Rational Responsibility 265

Introducing the simple form of the CD_M3_R2 265

The media’s rational thinking 268

The media’s responsible conduct 272

The media’s crisis decision-making 279

The media’s final acts 285

The extensive form of the CD_M3_R2: Limitations and implications 290

Conclusion 297

References 305

Author Index 335

Subject Index 341

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