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From the blaming of Princess Diana's death on news photographers to the public apology by CNN over its erroneous Vietnam-nerve-gas story, journalism and the American media in general are being placed under the microscope. The media-now more powerful than ever before due to computer advances, cable television, and the internet-controls our opinions, tastes, and, as some would have us believe, our actions.

But has the media shed its ethics and gotten completely out of control? Has the quest to get the big scoop crippled the news media into believing "first" is better than factual? To whom is the media responsible-the public, the stockholders, the advertisers? Who decides what may "harm" an audience or what is unsuitable for children? Who, if anyone, should regulate the media? How do political agendas play into censorship (the FCC) and funding of the media?

These questions and more are probed in The Media and Morality, a wide-ranging selection of important essays that explores relationships between the media and its diverse audiences, its sponsors, stockholders, governments, and others. The authors attempt to define the obligations of the media in these relationships as well as the risks, benefits, and limits.
In addition to providing up-to-date commentary and opinion on the latest controversial and precedent-setting journalistic developments, this book will help readers toward an ethical analysis of the media in the Information Age.

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Provides up-to-date commentary and opinion on the latest controversial and precedent-setting journalistic developments as well as an ethical analysis of the media in the Information Age. Thirty-four essays explore the relationships between the media and their diverse audiences, sponsors, corporate owners, governments, and others. They discuss questions such as the moral consequences of media professionals, who decides what may harm an audience or what is unsuitable for children, how do political agendas affect censorship and media profits, and whether new media standards are called for. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573926812
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. I Journalism and Ethics
Ch. 1 Journalism and Ethics: The Terrain
1 Needed: A More Ethical Press 21
2 Journalists Just Leave: The Ethics of an Anomalous Profession 39
3 Ethics as a Vehicle for Media Quality 55
4 Sleaze Journalism?: It's an Old Story 68
Ch. 2 Journalism's Feeding Frenzy
5 Going to Extremes 73
6 Journalists, the FBI, and the Olympics Bomb 83
7 Journalism after Diana 97
8 The Diana Aftermath 103
9 Without Skipping a Beat 115
10 Where We Went Wrong 121
11 After Monica, What Next? 133
12 Spot News: The Press and the Dress 138
13 Wag the Media 147
14 Cartoon 152
Ch. 3 Journalism and Ethics: Toward Solutions
15 What Do We Do Now? 155
16 The Public Defender: A Journalism Professor's Crusade to Bring the Community into the Classroom 162
17 Public Journalism: Balancing the Scales 175
18 Missing the Point 181
19 A Statement of Concern 187
20 Local TV News Project 189
21 Should the Coverage Fit the Crime?: A Texas TV Station Tries to Resist the Allure of Mayhem 192
Pt. II Entertainment Media and Ethics
Ch. 4 Entertainment Media and Ethics: The Terrain
22 Morally Offensive Content: Freedom and Responsibility 207
23 Stalking the Wild Viewer 222
Ch. 5 The Controversy over Content
24 Media Mongols at the Gates 243
25 Television - The Phantom Reality 259
26 The Pursuit of Sensation 277
Ch. 6 Entertainment Media and Ethics: Toward Solutions
27 Changing the Way We Think 309
28 The Man Who Counts the Killings 331
29 Why the Cultural Environment Movement? 344
30 Viewer's Declaration of Independence 351
31 Fighting Back 354
Pt. III Looking to the Future
Ch. 7 New Challenges to the Media
32 The First Amendment and Democracy: The Challenge of New Technology 363
33 Do Journalism Ethics and Values Apply to New Media? 374
34 Without a Rulebook 380
Contributors 391
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