7y70hsfz7y70hsfzJane B. Singer

discusses today's publishing

1izi0hv61izi0hv6By Clifford G. Christians

Communitarianism is as distinct from collectivism as it is from atomistic democracy. It is a third social theory, a reaction to the black and white world of individual autonomy versus Hegelian collectivism, as Merrill would have us believe.

7qp7gj5o7qp7gj5oBy John C. Merrill

Is there hope for an ethical media system? Communitarianism certainly isn't the way, and John C. Merril thinks an ethical media can't exit, for a variety of reasons.

vm01z956vm01z956i063hj3ci063hj3cJack Lule

laments the loss of "them damn pictures"



u91104s0u91104s0Michael Bugeja

reflects on ethics and runaway technology


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Robert M. Walker & Jay Black1143rcd41143rcd4

draw some conclusions from the Terri Schiavo case



MEDIA ETHICS always is looking to publish interesting works and information about mass media ethics. We are completely open as to appropriate topics, viewpoints, methods, styles, and formats. We are eclectic. We'd love to receive from you-whether media professional, scholar, or student-research and commentary/analysis consisting of well-written and reasoned opinion articles on any mass communication topic.

790ysz63790ysz63Tara Giunta

describes the status of internet access in the People's Republic

4g4rwizk4g4rwizkBy Douglas Perret Starr

In her "Plagiarists Do No Good" article in this issue of media ethics, Peggy J. Bowers does an outstanding job of reminding everyone that plagiarism is contemptible, unethical and immoral. But what happens when everything we have began with someone else's idea?




0k87lkn60k87lkn6By Peggy J. Bowers

A recent article in Media Ethics by Professor Douglas Starr that in effect qualified some acts of plagiarism is a dangerous stance in no uncertain terms.





Peggy J. Bowers

Professor Starr admirably recognizes that plagiarism is bad journalism, bad morality, and bad news for reader, writer and victim alike. Creativity must be celebrated and nurtured, and that which is inspired by others must be made our own.



Jaci Clement


wonders if we are superfluous



Good Business Practices

The publisher of Namibia's German weekly, Plus, told BBC News last Fall that his newspaper erred when it published an advertisement celebrating the death of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The ad, which Hans Feddersen, the paper's publisher, said was placed by the "International Action Against Forgetting," a group he thought was based in Germany, expressed "joy and satisfaction" at Wiesenthal's death.

CLICK HERE to read John C. Merrill's Ethical Problems: No Exit or

CLICK HERE to read Clifford G. Christians' Communitarianism: A Third Way




CLICK HERE to read Peggy J. Bowers Plagiarists Do No Good or

CLICK HERE to read Douglas Perret Starr's A Response to Bowers.

Bowers' Call for Creativity can be found by CLICKING HERE



y4fy13l1y4fy13l1Tom Cooper

considers the rights of human subjects in artistic endeavors

John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney (2005).

Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy. (New York: The New Press; distributed by W.W. Norton). 212 + xii pp. ISBN 1-59588-016-6. $23.95 (hardbound). Illustrations by Tom Tomorrow, foreward by Tim Robbins, sources and acknowledgments.

Chad Raphael (2005).

Investigated Reporting: Muckrakers, Regulators, and the Struggle over Television Documentary. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press). 304 + x pp. ISBN 0-252-03010-9. $45.00 (hardbound). List of abbreviations, notes, index. For those who are interested in the myriad relationships between content, ownership and regulation, or even those who merely believe that the documentary is both the highest form of television programming and the prime example of the "watchdog" function of journalism, this is a book for you.

xdm749awxdm749awBy Douglas Perret Starr

Once you have become a speech ghostwriter, writing speeches to be delivered by someone else who will take credit for your work, you will become a target of attack from two sources: from yourself, when you question whether what you are doing is ethical; and from people who accuse you of confusing history by inserting your own writing style and ideas into the style and ideas of the speaker.

Publications in the field of media ethics.


More than 1,000 media professionals, academics, policy experts, lawyers, and others from more than 40 countries attended the January 2006 Pacific Telecommun-ications Council annual conference in Honolulu. Under the umbrella theme of "Shift Happens: Transition to IP," PTC experts and guests focused on the transition from traditional wired and high frequency radio telecommunication to the new influx of Internet voice and image communication in the Pacific region.

Daniel Terris (2005).

Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue in an American Corporation. (Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, published by University Press of New England). 160 + xi pp. ISBN 1-58465-333-7. $24.95 (hardbound). Notes. Daniel Terris, director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, has provided an intriguing description and assessment of an ethics program at one of the world's largest defense contractors, Lockheed Martin.

Trevor Parry-Giles & Shawn J. Parry-Giles (2006)

The Prime-Time Presidency: THE WEST WING and U. S. Nationalism. (Urbana, IL: Univ. of Illinois Press). 221 + x pp. ISBN 0-252-07312-6 (paper) $25.00 0-252-03065 (hardbound) $50.00. Episode and character directory, notes, bibliography and index.

Joseph Russomanno (ed.)(2005)

Defending the First: Commentary on First Amendment Issues and Cases. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) 212 + xvi pp. ISBN 0-8058-4925-4. $79.95. Table of cases and index. 

Anne Cooper-Chen (ed.) (2005)

Global Entertainment Media: Content, Audiences, Issues. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). 267 + xi pp. ISBN 0-8058-5169-0. $29.95 (paper). Contributors' backgrounds, chapter references, grids showing prime-time programming in 10 countries, author and subject indices.

Lee Wilkins and Renata Coleman. (2005).

The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason About Ethics. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). xiii + 164 pp. ISBN 0-8058-4475-9. $19.95 (paper). Appendix (survey questions), references, author and subject indices.

Maya Gotz, Dafna Lemish, Amy Aidman, & Hyesung Moon (2005)

Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children: When Harry Potter Meets Pokemon in Disneyland. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). 229 + xiv pp. ISBN 0-88058-5192-5. $24.50 (paper). References, indices (child, media text, author, subject), illustrations, authors' backgrounds, CD.

Upton Sinclair (2003, reprint of 9th edition, Long Beach, CA, 1928)

The Brass Check: A Study of American Journalism. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press). 446 + xxxiii pp. ISBN 0-252-07110-7. $19.95 (paper), $39.95 (hardbound). Index, new introduction by Robert W.


The 13th annual Teaching Research Ethics workshop will be held May 10-13, 2006 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. For more information: Poynter Center, Indiana University, 618 East 3rd St., Bloomington IN 47405-3862; Telephone: 812.