Communicating Ethically

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  • Copyright: 2006-03-21
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Communication Ethicsprovides a broad introduction to the ethical nature of communication. The book combines coverage of the major systems of ethical reasoning with lots of applications, including case studies in each chapter, to investigate ethics within many fields in the discipline: rhetoric, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, political communication, and mass communication/media. By incorporating a simple framework for ethical reasoning, the reader will be able to develop their own understanding of the various criteria for making ethical judgments.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction to Communication Ethicsp. 1
Reasoning about Communication Ethicsp. 3
Definitionsp. 6
Communication Ethics and Integrityp. 7
The Inconvenience of Integrity and Ethicsp. 7
The Gamep. 8
The Scope of Communication Ethicsp. 9
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 11
Notesp. 12
Theories and Perspectivesp. 13
Character in Communication and Virtue Ethicsp. 15
Background of Virtue Ethicsp. 17
The Art of Communication and Ethicsp. 18
Aristotle: The Foundation for Communication Theory and Ethicsp. 20
The Rhetoricp. 20
The Ethicsp. 22
Contemporary Virtue Ethicsp. 26
Implications for Communication Ethicsp. 28
Courage in Ethical Communicationp. 29
Case Study: Comparing Apples to Hammersp. 31
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 33
Chapter Summaryp. 33
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 34
Notesp. 35
Dutiesp. 36
Is Lying Always Wrong?p. 36
The Basis for Kant's Universalism: The Categorical Imperativep. 39
Other Universal Ethics of Communicationp. 41
Divine Commandp. 41
Human Naturep. 43
Alternatives to Universal Rules Systemsp. 46
Situational Ethicsp. 47
Cultural Relativismp. 48
Modern Trends: Jurgen Habermas and Discourse Ethicsp. 52
Case Study: Oskar Schindler, the Righteous Gentilep. 54
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 55
Chapter Summaryp. 56
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 57
Notesp. 57
Consequencesp. 59
Utilitarianismp. 60
Foundations of Utilitarian Ethicsp. 61
Implications of Utilitarian Ethicsp. 63
A Variant on Utilitarianism: Ethical Egoismp. 66
Highlights of Utilitarian Ethical Systemsp. 70
Egalitarianismp. 71
Background to Egalitarianism: The Social Contractp. 71
Rawls: The Ethics of Social Justicep. 73
Scanlon and Reasonable Obligations to Othersp. 76
Highlights of Egalitarianismp. 79
Case Study: Surveillance at Sizgie Corporationp. 80
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 81
Chapter Summaryp. 82
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 83
Notesp. 83
Relationshipsp. 85
The Game: Survivorp. 85
Dialogical Ethicsp. 87
An Ethical Firewallp. 88
Foundations of Dialogical Ethicsp. 89
Martin Buber: I and Thoup. 89
Implications of Buber's Ethics of Dialoguep. 90
Carl Rogers: Unconditional Positive Regardp. 92
Emmanuel Levinas: The Otherp. 94
Paulo Freire: The Ethics of Empowermentp. 96
Case Study: The Island Storyp. 98
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 100
Chapter Summaryp. 101
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 102
Notesp. 102
Contemporary Challengesp. 104
Postmodern Perspectivesp. 106
Modern versus Postmodernp. 108
Domination versus Emancipationp. 110
Implications for Communication Ethicsp. 114
The Feminist Challengep. 117
Overview of Feminist Positionsp. 117
The Ethics of Carep. 119
Responses to the Ethics of Carep. 122
Implications for Communication Ethicsp. 123
Case Study: The Prodigal Childp. 126
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 127
Chapter Summaryp. 127
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 130
Notesp. 130
Issues, Settings, and Applicationsp. 133
Applied and Professional Ethicsp. 134
Ethics in Interpersonal Communication: Relationship and Characterp. 137
The Nature of Interpersonal Communicationp. 139
The Ethics of Dialogue in Interpersonal Communicationp. 141
Principles from Dialogical Ethicsp. 142
Conflict in Interpersonal Communicationp. 144
Ethical Communication in Interpersonal Relationships: Character Countsp. 145
Trust and Manipulation in Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 146
The Ethics of Self-Disclosurep. 149
The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Disclosurep. 150
Case Study: Should She Tell?p. 151
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 153
Chapter Summaryp. 154
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 154
Notesp. 155
Ethics and the Communication of Diversityp. 156
Elements of Diversityp. 157
Intercultural Communicationp. 158
The Concept of Culturep. 159
Cultural Rules of Communicationp. 160
Reservations about Cultural Rules of Communicationp. 161
Ethical Stance on Intercultural Communicationp. 163
Dimensions of Cultural Communicationp. 164
An Ethics for Intercultural Communicationp. 167
Coordinated Management of Meaning Theoryp. 167
Dialogical Communicationp. 169
Third-Culture Buildingp. 170
Applications: Tolerance and Diversityp. 171
Case Study: Security and Tolerancep. 177
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 178
Chapter Summaryp. 179
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 180
Notesp. 180
Communication Ethics and Disabilitiesp. 182
Ethical Considerations: Our Storyp. 182
Ethics and Communication Involving Persons with Disabilitiesp. 184
People-First Languagep. 185
Applications of Ethical Perspectivesp. 186
Dialogical Ethics Applied to Disabilitiesp. 186
Habermas: The Ideal Speech Situation and Disabilitiesp. 189
Rawls: Contemporary Social Justicep. 190
Kant's Deontological Ethics and Disabilitiesp. 192
Case Study: Ethics and Jerry's Kidsp. 193
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 194
Chapter Summaryp. 195
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 196
Notesp. 196
Ethical Issues in Mass Communicationp. 198
The Field of the Media and Mass Communicationp. 200
Defining Mass Media and Mass Communicationp. 200
Categories and Types of Mass Mediap. 201
Overview of Ethical Problems in Mass Communicationp. 202
Fundamental Ethical Issues in Media Ethicsp. 202
Ethical Issues in Mass Communicationp. 204
The Gatekeeping Function: Framing Our View of the Worldp. 205
Stereotypes in the Mediap. 209
Accuracy and Truth in the Mediap. 211
Applications of Ethical Principles of Mass Mediap. 217
Model for Ethical Decision-Making in Mass Communicationp. 218
Dialogical Ethics for Mass Communicationp. 220
Case Study: Embedded in Miamip. 222
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 222
Chapter Summaryp. 223
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 225
Notesp. 225
Ethics of Political Communicationp. 227
The Practices of Political Communicationp. 229
Impact of Media and Marketingp. 230
Impact of PACsp. 233
The Role of Political Consultantsp. 236
The Role of Lobbyistsp. 239
Framework for Ethical Political Communicationp. 243
Rawls' Perspectivep. 243
Habermas and the Ideal Speech Situationp. 245
Virtue Ethics and Political Communicationp. 246
Utilitarian Ethics and Political Communicationp. 247
Case Study: Public and Private Informationp. 248
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 248
Chapter Summaryp. 249
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 250
Notesp. 251
Ethics in Organizational Communicationp. 253
Overview of Concerns in Organizational Communicationp. 255
Ethical Issues in Organizational Communicationp. 257
Impact on Community and Societyp. 258
Responsibility to Stakeholders and Communityp. 258
Risk Communication: Public Health and Safetyp. 261
Business and Financial Reportingp. 264
Impact on Organizational Membersp. 265
Safe and Healthful Work Environmentp. 267
Issues of Privacy and Surveillancep. 268
Rights of Whistle-blowersp. 270
Corporate Democracy and Quality of Lifep. 271
Diversity in the Organizationp. 274
Impact on the Organizationp. 276
The Case of Whistle-Blowingp. 276
Individual Responsibility and Corporate Environmentp. 279
Ethical Vantage Points for Issues in Organizational Communicationp. 279
Dialogical Communication Ethicsp. 280
Rawls and Habermasp. 281
Utilitarianismp. 282
Case Study: Good Business or Bribery?p. 283
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 284
Chapter Summaryp. 284
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 285
Notesp. 286
Ethics and Communication Technologyp. 288
The Changing Face of Communication and Technologyp. 289
The Internet and Web-Based Communication: The World as Audiencep. 290
Instant Access and Feedbackp. 291
Email @ Communication Ethicsp. 293
Text Messagingp. 295
Personal Web Logs (Blogs)p. 296
Major Ethical Issues in Communication Technologyp. 297
Control of the Communication Occasionp. 298
Trust and Safety: What can We Reasonably Expect?p. 298
Is There Any Safe Communication Online?p. 299
Should We Expect Privacy with Technology?p. 300
Ethical Framework and Communication Technologyp. 301
Case Study: Let's Meet at the Mall After Schoolp. 303
Questions for Analysis of the Casep. 305
Chapter Summaryp. 306
Questions and Topics for Discussionp. 306
Notesp. 307
Capstonep. 308
Teaching and Learning Ethics: Can It Be Done?p. 309
The Game Revisitedp. 310
Ethical Equilibrium in Communicationp. 311
Challenges and Issues for Further Studies in Communication Ethicsp. 312
Health Communicationp. 312
Religious Communicationp. 313
Environmental Communicationp. 314
Education Communicationp. 315
Topic for Discussion: A Personal Code of Ethicsp. 317
Credo for Ethical Communicationp. 317
A Personal Code of Communication Ethicsp. 318
A Final Wordp. 320
A Last Look at Dialoguep. 320
Notesp. 321
Glossaryp. 323
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 333
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