Media, Markets, and Morals

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Media, Markets, and Morals

by Aaron Quinn, Andrew Alexandra, Edward H. Spence

Wiley | May 2, 2011 | Hardcover |

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Media, Markets, and Morals provides an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media. The authors apply their account of the moral role of the media, in their dual capacity as information providers for the public good and as businesses run for profit, to specific morally problematic practices and question how ethical behavior can be promoted within the industry.
  • Brings together experts in the fields of media studies and media ethics, information ethics, and professional ethics
  • Offers an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media
  • Builds upon and further develops an innovative theoretical model for examining and evaluating media corruption and methods of media anti-corruption previously developed by authors Spence and Quinn
  • Discloses and clarifies the inherent ethical nature of information and its communication to which the media as providers of information are necessarily committed

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2011

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1405175478

ISBN - 13: 9781405175470

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Media, Markets, and Morals

Media, Markets, and Morals

by Aaron Quinn, Andrew Alexandra, Edward H. Spence

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2011

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1405175478

ISBN - 13: 9781405175470

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

1 Introduction.

2 Information Ethics as a Guide for the Media: Old Tricks for New Dogs.

3 The Business of the Media and the Business of the Market.

4 Professionalism in Behavior and Identity.

5 A Conflict of Media Roles: Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism.

6 Corruption in the Media.

7 Two Dimensions of Photo Manipulation: Correction and Corruption.

8 Promoting, Codifying, and Regulating Ethics.

9 Moral Excellence and Role Models in the Media.

Index.

From the Publisher

Media, Markets, and Morals provides an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media. The authors apply their account of the moral role of the media, in their dual capacity as information providers for the public good and as businesses run for profit, to specific morally problematic practices and question how ethical behavior can be promoted within the industry.
  • Brings together experts in the fields of media studies and media ethics, information ethics, and professional ethics
  • Offers an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media
  • Builds upon and further develops an innovative theoretical model for examining and evaluating media corruption and methods of media anti-corruption previously developed by authors Spence and Quinn
  • Discloses and clarifies the inherent ethical nature of information and its communication to which the media as providers of information are necessarily committed

From the Jacket

The primary aim of the book is to explore and critically analyse and evaluate the ways in which the business of running large national and international media organisations in a free market economy affects, for better or worse, the integrity of the communication of information to the public. Insofar as information can be defined as "instructive knowledge" which must meet the traditional conditions of truth, justification and belief, the selling of information as another consumer product on the market may in some circumstances be both epistemologically and ethically problematic.


One of the main objectives of the book is to enquire into and analyse how and in what ways, if at all, the commercial and market interests of media organisations, especially as concerns news, may be undermining and in some instances corrupting both the process and the product of the communication of information to the public.


Some of the factors that will be investigated as possibly affecting the integrity of information communicated to the public by the media are convergence of the mediums of communication and the related issue of cross-media ownership, concentration of media ownership in the hands of a few powerful moguls, such as for example, Rupert Murdoch and Berlusconi, and the perceived 'unholy' alliance between journalism on the one hand and advertising and public relations on the other.


A close conceptual analysis of the notions of information and persuasion will be conducted to determine some of the theoretical and practical inherent inconsistencies that may underlie those two concepts and how those inconsistencies are manifested in media practice. Moreover, the book will investigate how these inherent inconsistencies when allowed to covertly undermine the integrity of media communication may constitute the corruption of communication. Infomercials and advertorials, product placements within news content may count as instances of such corruption.


Another objective of the book is to enquire into how, if at all, the aims and methods of business markets generally and media markets specifically can be reconciled with the media's aims and methods of communicating information on matters of public interest. Can the fourth estate be trusted to tell people the truth all the time or even some of the time? Should the public adopt a more sceptical attitude towards the media?


Finally another objective is to examine the concept and practice of self-regulation and whether it provides effective ethical if not legal regulation over the media. If the market constrains on the media are such that the media's ability to communicate information to the public comes under question, then more regulation of the media may be required. Opposed to that suggestion, considerations of censorship come into play. Theoretically, however, insofar as the media's freedom of communication of information to the public is based on the public's right to receive such information, then the media's freedom is constrained and overridden by the public interest. And the argument can be put forward that the public interest opposes information that is tainted by commercial and other interests that are not in the public interest with regard to an informed citizenry.


The book will include relevant cases in each chapter that will illustrate and contextualise the issues examined within a practical and professional setting.


Additionally, the book will, in some of the chapters, include interviews with leading media practitioners that will elicit their views on the issues examined.

About the Author

Dr Edward Spence , Lecturer in Moral Philosophy and Professional Ethics including Media Ethics, Advertising Ethics, Police Ethics, and the Ethics of Fraud Investigation. Spence is also the University’s Course Coordinator of Ethics and Legal Studies, a full-fee paying postgraduate course at certificate, diploma and masters level. The number of students taking Spence’s subjects and courses is approximately 300 to 400 students per annum, 200 of which are undertaking subjects in communication ethics. Spence is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) Canberra, ACT. CAPPE is an Australian Research Council funded special commonwealth centre of excellence hosted jointly by Charles Sturt University, University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. Andrew Alexandra holds a joint position as Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department, and Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council Special Research Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely, including in such international journals as History of Philosophy Quarterly, Social Theory and Practice, Professional Ethics, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Ethics and Information Technology, and Agriculture and Human Values. He is the co-author of the books Police Ethics (Allen and Unwin, 1997; 2nd ed. 2004) the standard text on the topic in Aust
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Editorial Reviews

"This is a wonderful book. It moves effortlessly between theory and practice. The boxed cases are sharp and to the point. A must buy for classes and for scholars wishing to reflect on these compelling questions."
-Michael Boylan, Marymount University
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