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The Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8812-8
1040 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This groundbreaking handbook provides a comprehensive picture of the ethical dimensions of communication in a global setting. Both theoretical and practical, this important volume will raise the ethical bar for both scholars and practitioners in the world of global communication and media.
  • Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011
  • Brings together leading international scholars to consider ethical issues raised by globalization, the practice of journalism, popular culture, and media activities
  • Examines important themes in communication ethics, including feminism, ideology, social responsibility, reporting, metanarratives, blasphemy, development, and "glocalism", among many others
  • Contains case studies on reporting, censorship, responsibility, terrorism, disenfranchisement, and guilt throughout many countries and regions worldwide
  • Contributions by Islamic scholars discuss various facets of that religion's engagement with the public sphere, and others who deal with some of the religious and cultural factors that bedevil efforts to understand our world
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Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xix

1 Primordial Issues in Communication Ethics 1
Clifford G. Christians

2 Communication Ethics: The Wonder of Metanarratives in a Postmodern Age 20
Ronald C. Arnett

3 Information, Communication, and Planetary Citizenship 41
Luiz Martins da Silva

4 Global Communication and Cultural Particularisms: The Place of Values in the Simultaneity of Structural Globalization and Cultural Fragmentation – The Case of Islamic Civilization 54
Bassam Tibi

5 The Ethics of Privacy in High versus Low Technology Societies 79
Robert S. Fortner

6 Social Responsibility Theory and Media Monopolies 98
P. Mark Fackler

7 Ethics and Ideology: Moving from Labels to Analysis 119
Lee Wilkins

8 Fragments of Truth: The Right to Communication as a Universal Value 133
Philip Lee

9 Glocal Media Ethics 154
Shakuntala Rao

10 Feminist Ethics and Global Media 171
Linda Steiner

11 Words as Weapons: A History of War Reporting – 1945 to the Present 193
Richard Lance Keeble

12 Multidimensional Objectivity for Global Journalism 215
Stephen J.A. Ward

13 New Media and an Old Problem: Promoting Democracy 234
Deni Elliott and Amanda Decker

14 The Dilemma of Trust 247
Ian Richards

15 The Ethical Case for a Blasphemy Law 263
Neville Cox

16 The Medium is the Moral 298
Michael Bugeja

17 Development Ethics: The Audacious Agenda 317
Chloe Schwenke

18 Indigenous Media Values: Cultural and Ethical Implications 342
Joe Grixti

19 Media Ethics as Panoptic Discourse: A Foucauldian View 364
Ed McLuskie

20 Ethical Anxieties in the Global Public Sphere 376
Robert S. Fortner

21 Universalism versus Communitarianism in Media Ethics 393
Clifford G. Christians

22 Responsibility of Net Users 415
Raphael Cohen-Almagor

23 Media Ethics and International Organizations 434
Cees J. Hamelink

24 Making the Case for What Can and Should Be Published 452
Bruce C. Swaffield

25 Ungrievable Lives: Global Terror and the Media 461
Giovanna Borradori

26 Journalism Ethics in the Moral Infrastructure of a Global Civil Society 481
Robert S. Fortner

27 Problems of Application 500
P. Mark Fackler

28 Disenfranchised and Disempowered: How the Globalized Media Treat Their Audiences – A Case from India 515
Anita Dighe

29 Questioning Journalism Ethics in the Global Age: How Japanese News Media Report and Support Immigrant Law Revision 533
Kaori Hayashi

30 Ancient Roots and Contemporary Challenges: Asian Journalists Try to Find the Balance 553
Jiafei Yin

31 Understanding Bollywood 576
Vijay Mishra

32 Peace Communication in Sudan: Toward Infusing a New Islamic Perspective 601
Haydar Badawi Sadig and Hala Asmina Guta

33 Media and Post-Election Violence in Kenya 625
P. Mark Fackler, Levi Obonyo, Mitchell Terpstra, and Emmanuel Okaalet

34 Ethics of Survival: Media, Palestinians, and Israelis in Conflict 654
Oliver Witte

35 Voiceless Glasnost: Responding to Government Pressures and Lack of a Free Press Tradition in Russia 676
Victor Akhterov

36 Media Use and Abuse in Ethiopia 699
Zenebe Beyene

37 Collective Guilt as a Response to Evil: The Case of Arabs and Muslims in the Western Media 734
Rasha A. Abdulla and Mervat Abou Oaf

38 Journalists as Witnesses to Violence and Suffering 751
Amy Richards and Jolyon Mitchell

39 Reporting on Religious Authority Complicit with Atrocity 773
Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

40 The Ethics of Representation and the Internet 784
Boniface Omachonu Omatta

41 Authors, Authority, Ownership, and Ethics in Digital Media and News 802
Jarice Hanson

42 Ethical Implications of Blogging 822
Bernhard Debatin

43 Journalism Ethics in a Digital Network 844
Jane B. Singer

44 Now Look What You Made Me Do: Violence and Media Accountability 863
Peter Hulm

45 Protecting Children from Harmful Influences of Media through Formal and Nonformal Media Education 890
Asbjørn Simonnes and Gudmund Gjelsten

46 Ethics and International Propaganda 911
Philip M. Taylor

47 Modernization and Its Discontents: Ethics, Development, and the Diffusion of Innovations 932
Robert S. Fortner

48 Communication Technologies in the Arsenal of Al Qaeda and Taliban: Why the West Is Not Winning the War on Terror 952
Haydar Badawi Sadig, Roshan Noorzai, and Hala Asmina Guta

49 The Ethics of a Very Public Sphere: Differential Soundscapes and the Discourse of the Streets 972
Robert S. Fortner

Index 991

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Robert S. Fortner is Director of the Media Research Institute, a non-profit organization serving the church, NGO and international radio community with research to assist them in meeting their missions. He is also a Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College. He is the author of International Communication: History, Conflict and Control of the Global Metropolis (Wadsworth, 1993), Public Diplomacy and International Politics: The Symbolic Constructs of Summits and International Radio News (Praeger, 1994), Radio, Morality and Culture: Britain, Canada and the United States 1919-1945 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006), and Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Mark Fackler is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College. He has taught at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Daystar University, Kenya, and Uganda Christian University (Mukono). Fackler is co-author of Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (Longman, 7th edition, 2005) and Good News: Social Ethics and the Press (Oxford University Press, 1993) and has contributed and edited other several books, chapters, and papers on media, ethics, and emerging democracies in East Africa.

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"The present volume is the most far-reaching to date. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

"Fackler and Fortner have done it again,  and larger than life with over 1000 pages from 60 sages. The Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics is as broad as the earth and as deep as its oceans, written by a  “who’s who” of international experts.  Read this book instead of two dozen others."

Tom Cooper, Emerson College

"Venturing into the high seas of culture, politics, philosophy, faith, and  technology, these two volumes chart new courses in the ethics of media practices across the globe."

John P. Ferré, University of Louisville

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