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.



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By Manny Paraschos

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


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.



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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.


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Martin H. Levinson describes relationships between general semantics and media ethics.



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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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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By Nadia Dala

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


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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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.


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