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Certain films seem to encapsulate perfectly the often abstract ethical situations that confront the media, from truth-telling and sensationalism to corporate control and social responsibility. Using these movies—including Ace in the Hole, All the President's Men, Network, and Twelve Angry Men—as texts, authors Howard Good and Michael Dillon demonstrate that, when properly framed and contextualized, movies can be a powerful lens through which to examine media practices.

Moreover, cinema can present human moral conduct for evaluation and analysis more effectively than a traditional case study can. By presenting ethical dilemmas and theories within a dramatic framework, Media Ethics Goes to the Movies offers a unique perspective on what it means for media professionals to be both technically competent and morally informed.

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Good (journalism, State U. of New York at New Paltz) and Dillon (communications, Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, PA) view movies as "robust narratives" through which to examine media ethics. Starting with Billy Wilder's (1951), in which Kirk Douglas plays an unsavory newsman, they explore the issues of emotional manipulation, the social responsibility theory of the press, invasion of privacy, cheating, the morality of profiting from the horrors of war, and the dehumanizing effects of entertainment violence. In their analysis of Clint Eastwood's (1999), the authors favorably compare D.W. Ross's duty-based ethics with utilitarianism. Includes questions to consider, further reading, and a filmography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970819
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD GOOD is the coordinator of the Journalism Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of, among other works, The Drunken Journalist, Girl Reporter, and The Journalist as Autobiographer.

MICHAEL J. DILLON is a Professor of Communications at Duquesne University.

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Table of Contents

In the Dark: An Introduction
1 Ace in the Hole: The Dark Side of the Force 1
2 Deadline U.S.A.: The Wages of Virtue 21
3 All the President's Men: Truth and Consequences 39
4 Under Fire: The Art of War 63
5 The Paper: Boxing with the Truth 77
6 12 Angry Men: Appeal to Reason 89
7 Eight Men Out: A Double Play in Ethics 107
8 True Crime: The Good, the Bad, and the Journalist 127
9 Network: Through a Glass Darkly 141
10 The Rock: The Ethics of Entertainment Violence 159
Epilogue 177
Filmography 181
Index 185
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