1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Media Ethics

Edited By Carl Fox, Joe Saunders Copyright 2024
    412 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The media informs, entertains, and connects us. It is woven into the fabric of politics. Its increasing immediacy has become an inescapable feature of almost everybody’s life. We are, at the same time, subject to the media and participants in it. The ethical questions it raises have never been more urgent. Trust is in short supply, but we need to share information while dealing with problems like misinformation, disinformation, and echo chambers. And what responsibilities fall on the state, and on other actors such as artists, advertisers, and social media users, as we reckon with endemic problems like racism, sexism, and classism?

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Media Ethics is an outstanding survey and assessment of this vitally important field. Comprising thirty chapters written by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into five parts:

    • Freedom of Speech, Privacy, and Censorship
    • The News Media
    • Broadening the Scope: Giving Other Aspects of the Media their Due
    • Justice, Power, and Representation
    • Vice and Virtue Online

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Media Ethics is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, media and communication studies, politics, and law, as well as practising media professionals and journalists.

    Introduction Carl Fox and Joe Saunders

    Part 1: Freedom of Speech, Privacy, and Censorship

    1. Hate Speech and the Limits of Free Speech Gerald Lang

    2. Privacy and the Media Kevin Macnish and Haleh Asgarinia

    3. The Ethics and Politics of Self-Censorship Matthew Festenstein

    4. Academic Freedom and the Duty of Care: Reframing Media Coverage of Campus Controversies Shannon Dea

    5. Should We Unbundle Free Speech and Press Freedom? Robert Mark Simpson and Damien Storey

    Part II: The News Media

    6. Political Legitimacy and the News Media: Four Normative Models of the Political Role of the News Media Jonathan Heawood and Fabienne Peter

    7. In the Business of Revealing State Secrets Dorota Mokrosinska

    8. The Death Knock: A Legitimate Journalistic Practice? Steven Knowlton and Carl Fox

    9. How Just War Theory Can Help Media’s War Coverage Jovana Davidovic

    10. Ethical Issues in Science Journalism: The Benefits of Reporting about Value-Laden Judgments Kevin C. Elliott

    11. The Ethics of Media Interviewing: Asking Good Questions and Listening to the Answers Susan Notess and Lani Watson

    12. What is the Public Interest in Crime News? The Expressive Function of Newsworthiness Christopher Bennett

    Part III: Broadening the Scope: Giving Other Aspects of the Media Their Due

    13. Complicity and Sports Journalism Tom Bradshaw

    14. Satire and Stability Carl Fox

    15. The Art of Immoral Artists Shen-yi Liao

    16. Ethics of Advertising Jamie Dow

    17. "Conspiracy Theories", the Deep State, and the Media David Coady

    Part IV: Justice, Power, and Representation

    18. Race and the Media: Beyond Defensiveness Carl Fox

    19. Tragedy and Inspiration: The Epistemic Injustice of Stereotypical Media Representations of Disability Jessica Begon

    20. Women’s Subordination, Objectification and Silencing: The Role of Pornography Lina Papadaki

    21. Sport and Re-creation in the Media Stephen Mumford and Sheree Bekker

    22. Class, Inequality, and the Media Faik Kurtulmus and Jan Kandiyali

    23. Break the Long Lens of the Law! From Police Propaganda to Movement Media Koshka Duff

    Part V: Vice and Virtue Online

    24. The Ethics of Social Media: Being Better Online Joe Saunders

    25. Online Shaming’s Invisible Harms Karen Adkins

    26. The Only Reason to Do Anything: Online Trolling as the Deceptive Disruption of Joint Action Étienne Brown

    27. The Ethics and Epistemology of Deepfakes Taylor Matthews and Ian James Kidd

    28. Scrolling Towards Bethlehem: Conforming to Authoritarian Social Media Laws Yvonne Chiu

    29. Keep Quiet Inside the Echo Chamber: The Ethics of Posting on Social Media Yuval Avnur

    30. New Media and Manipulation Samantha Bradshaw and Massimo Renzo.



    Carl Fox is a lecturer in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre at the University of Leeds, UK. He works on a range of topics in political philosophy, with a special focus on the ethics of the public sphere. Along with Joe Saunders, he co-edited Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy (2019).

    Joe Saunders is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, UK. He works on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition, as well as media ethics and the philosophy of love. With Carl Fox he previously edited the 2019 Routledge collection, Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy.