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The Future of Press Regulation in Britain after the News of the World Scandal

By Ryan J. Thomas

Thomas offers a prediction of what press regulation in the U.K. will be like after the News of the World was caught telephone hacking—using unethical means to achieve the most titillating ends.



Photo: Ben Sutherland

An “Ethicalia” Murdoch Retrospective—a Race to the Bottom

By Manny Paraschos

Paraschos compiles earlier mentions of Rupert Murdoch that have appeared in these pages.

Narrative Exemplars and Lessons Learned from the News of the World's Demise

By William R. Davie

Davie looks at some of the lessons to be learned from the demise of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and all who sailed in her.



Photo: Ben Sutherland

Book Reviews July 2011

Unethical Fireworks

By James H. Burnett

When CBS-TV aired the July 4th Boston Pops concert and the following fireworks display in 2011, was it news? Entertainment? Both? Real or unreal? The Boston Globe takes this matter seriously.


Photo: © Stephen Orsillo

Realistic Ethics: A Brief Look

By John C. Merrill

Return to one of Merrill’s favorite exemplars: Niccolo Machiavelli.  Maybe we should pay more attention to pragmatic—or even selfish—ethical behavior.  It is certainly more in keeping with the standards of most human beings…isn’t it?



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Should the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Change the Ethics of Covering Crime?

By Jack Breslin

Breslin considers if the victim of a crime should lose all vestiges of privacy when the media pack of reportorial and photographic wolves (or dogs?) is turned loose.


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Journalists and the Fear of Islam: How the Political Blogosphere Imposed “Islamophobia” on Mainstream U. S. Media

By Nadia Dala

Dala explores how the ultra-conservative blogosphere set the agenda for mainstream media’s acceptance of "Islamophobia" after 9/11.

Unhappy Valley

By A. David Gordon

Gordon takes an early look at an ongoing story and asks why so few media outlets—local or national—took so long to cover the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.


Photo: Terri Ogan

Media Cheating and Sports Ethics—or Vice Versa

By Gary Gumpert and Susan Drucker

Gumpert and Drucker muse on what the roles of television should be when a sport enthrones a form of “cheating” as part of its appeal to spectators.


Photo: Keith Allison

Surreality TV in Iowa: Stephen Colbert’s Parallel Universe

By Ormond Smythe

Smythe wonders if Stephen Colbert is "for real." After all, the television satirist has established an actual money-raising Super-Political Action Committee—like the big guys.



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Belligerent Narratives and Famine: Invoking an African Moral and Ethical Theory

By Ali Noor Mohamed

Mohamed examines traditional African moral principles and asks why the media haven’t used them to help mend the shocking starvation disaster in the Horn of Africa.


Photo: Edu-Tourist

Media Ethics Defined

By Kenneth Harwood

Harwood is glad to be able to report that the term "media ethics" has finally achieved definitional acceptance in an important new dictionary.


Photo: University of Dublin

On Teaching Philosophy of Film

By Monica A. Link

Link argues that institutions of  higher education need to teach the philosophy of film, rather than merely use film to teach philosophy.



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Correction and Editor's Note

Regarding Edward Wasserman’s "The Dilemma of the Evil but Truthful Source”"published in Spring  2011.

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