Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality

Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality

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Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality by Howard Good

As modern media shift from the distribution of information to its creation, a fresh inquiry into the ethics of media is needed. This collection of 19 essays provides useful perspectives for both producers and consumers of entertainment. Topics include the creation of celebrity, the effects of entertainment on children, the hybridization of entertainment and news, author and intellectual property rights, and the role of human dignity in modern media, among many others.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786439096
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/11/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 327
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Howard Good is a professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he teaches media ethics. Sandra L. Borden is a professor of communication at Western Michigan University. She co-directs the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1


1. The Ethics of Speaking Out

1. The Ethics of Speaking Out

Wendy N. Wyatt and Kristie Bunton 9

2. “I’m Sorry, Oh, So Sorry”: Celebrity Apologies and Public Ethics

Nikki Usher and Janel S. Schuh 23

3. Quasars: Silent Celebrities, Ethical Implications

Kyle F. Reinson 41


4. “Sportainment” Meets High School Sports

Marie Hardin and Thomas F. Corrigan 57

5. The Diaper Demographic: Viewing Very Young Children as an Economically Viable Market

Erin L. Ryan and Keisha L. Hoerrner 70

6. Superbad: A Twisted and Touching Ethical Mess of a Movie

Joseph C. Harry 86


7. Tall Tales: Exploring the Ethics of Storytelling in the Age of Infotainment

Cynthia M. King and Deni Elliott 101

8. This Time It’s Personal: The Ethics of 9/11 Docudrama

Steve Lipkin 120

9. Bread and Circuits: Politics in an Entertainment Culture

Mike Dillon 135

10. The Common Morality of Interviewers: Evaluating Moral Guidelines of Non-Journalists

David Charlton 150

11. Cops and Reality TV: Public Service or Public Menace?

Jack Breslin 163


12. Documentary Tradition and the Ethics of Michael

Moore’s SiCKO

Sandra L. Borden 177

13. “Just a Cartoonist”: The Virtuous Journalism of Joe Sacco

Howard Good 195

14. Whose Tube Is It Anyway?

John Chapin 212

15. Enlightenment Ethics in DIY Culture

Bill Reader 226


16. Fictionalized Torture: Jack Bauer’s War on Terrorism

K. Maja Krakowiak 245

17. Hillbilly Stereotypes and Humor: Entertaining Ourselves at the Expense of the Other

Elizabeth K. Hansen and Angela F. Cooke-Jackson 263

18. Epistemic Freedom, Science Fiction, and Ethical Deliberation

Trin Turner and Joshua D. Upson 281

19. Weight Watching: The Ethics of Commodifying Appearance for Profit

Berrin A. Beasley 297

About the Contributors 311

Index 315

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