Ethics and Media Culture straddles the practical and ethical issues of contention encountered by journalists. The book's various contributors cover a diversity of issues and viewpoints, attempting to broaden out the debates particularly in relation to Journalism Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture and Communications, Philosophy and History.
The debate concerning media ethics has intensified in recent years, fuelled mainly by the standards of journalist and media practices. The role of practitioners has taken centre-stage as concerns over what constitutes ethical, and therefore socially acceptable practice and behaviour, by the public, practitioners and intellectuals alike. The discursive relationship between the production and consumption of information is central to the debate regarding moral conduct, particularly in light of the commercialisation of the media. Considering that media institutions operate in a climate of intense competition, the value of information and its corresponding quality have begun to be critically assessed in terms of ethical understanding.
A degree of open-endedness is maintained in discussions throughout this book, which is intended to engage the reader with the issues raised and determine their own conclusions.
Radical mass media criticism: elements of a history from Kraus to Bourdieu; Trust in media practices: towards a cultural development; Enframing/revealing: on the question of ethics and difference in technologies of mediation; The 'fourth estate' and moral responsibilities; Reproducing consciousness: what is Indonesia?; The manufacture of news - fast moving consumer goods production, or public service?; 'If it bleeds, it leads': ethical questions about popular journalism; New Labour, New Britain. Campaign politics and the ethics of spin; Parody, pastiche or purloining? The uses and abuses of artistic imagery in media representations; 'Sock': the value of emotion; Cyber-ethics: regulation and privitasition; 'Sweet well of sexcess': the production of young women's magazines and readership in the 1990s; A social drama: media violence controversies and anti-violence campaign groups; Consuming interests in a culture of secrecy; And the consequence was … Dealing with the human impact of unethical journalism; A degree of uncertainty: aspects of the debate over the regulation of the press in the UK since 1945; Codes and cultures; Media ethics at the sharp end