Media Ethics

Censorship in Pakistan

Censorship in Pakistan

November 12, 2019

What are the challenges to reporting the news in Pakistan? Read More
Media Ethics
Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

November 12, 2019

When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong? Read More
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Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

November 12, 2019

What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting? Read More
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No Comment

No Comment

November 12, 2019

What are the ethical issues involved in closing news website comment sections in a democracy? Read More
Media Ethics
Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

November 12, 2019

What are the ethics of using virtual reality in real journalism? Read More
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Swipe Right to Expose

Swipe Right to Expose

November 12, 2019

What could go wrong with an investigative journalist covering the sordid side of the Rio Olympics? Read More
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Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

November 11, 2019

When can artists work with repressive governments to create valuable art? Read More
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Reporting on Sexual Assault in India

Reporting on Sexual Assault in India

November 4, 2019

What are the challenges to privacy and community safety in reporting on sexual assault in India? Read More
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Fake News and Real Tensions

Fake News and Real Tensions

October 28, 2019

Throughout the rising tensions following the Pulwama attack in Kashmir, there was a relatively new element of the contemporary Indo-Pakistani conflict: fake news. Read More
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Can a Film be Too Moving?

Can a Film be Too Moving?

October 23, 2019

How much of an effect can films about candidates have on public opinion during an election in India? Read More
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Weather Media in the Public Sphere

Weather Media in the Public Sphere

May 2, 2019

What are the implications of our communication about weather for our democratic public sphere? Read More
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Green is the New Color of Money

Green is the New Color of Money

April 30, 2019

What are the ethical concerns with "greenwashing" in advertisements to sell products? Read More
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Race, Democracy, and Media

Race, Democracy, and Media

April 16, 2019

How does America's struggle with current and past oppression intersect with media practices? Read More
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Limiting or Lifesaving?

Limiting or Lifesaving?

April 9, 2019

Are there any ethical problems with banning anti-vaccination content from social media platforms? Read More
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Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

April 3, 2019

What ethical decisions await those dressing up for Halloween--and those reacting to racially insensitive costumes? Read More
Media Ethics
Netflix and Kill

Netflix and Kill

March 14, 2019

What are the ethics of portraying heinous criminals in popular films? Read More
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Race, Democracy, and Media

Race, Democracy, and Media

March 6, 2019

April 9, 2019: How does America's struggle with current and past oppression intersect with media practices? Read More
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Advertising Ethics and Social Issues

Advertising Ethics and Social Issues

March 5, 2019

Gillette walks the razor's edge in using the battle against toxic masculinity in their recent ad campaign. Read More
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And Nothing But the Truth

And Nothing But the Truth

March 1, 2019

How can reporters balance accuracy and good effects in their reporting on war-torn African communities? Read More
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The Ethical Study of Digital Fan Culture

The Ethical Study of Digital Fan Culture

February 26, 2019

March 26, 2019: What ethical challenges arise in researching digital fan culture? Read More
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The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

February 13, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors? Read More
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Media Freedom and the Middle East

Media Freedom and the Middle East

February 6, 2019

February 19, 2019: How do you create media freedom in the Middle East? Read More
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When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitat...

January 22, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when a prominent photographic artist uses her children in her work? Read More
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“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far? Read More
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Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism

December 28, 2018

What conflicts arise when sports journalists also get endorsement deals? Read More
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Sacking Social Media in College Sports

Sacking Social Media in College Sports

December 27, 2018

Should college athletes be limited in their use of social media? Read More
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Defending Freedom of Tweets?

Defending Freedom of Tweets?

December 21, 2018

What are the ethical challenges that arise when professional athletes share their views on social media? Read More
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The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

December 20, 2018

Do the ethics of sports blogs differ from mainstream journalism, especially when covering sexual scandals? Read More
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Just Do It?

Just Do It?

December 12, 2018

Did Nike do too much in their use of Colin Kaepernick and others in their recent advertising campaign? Read More
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Does the Photo Fit the News?

Does the Photo Fit the News?

December 11, 2018

What happens when a powerful image becomes the face of the immigration debate? Read More
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Digital Immortality on an App

Digital Immortality on an App

December 10, 2018

When AI chatbots let us talk with the dead, what ethical issues might haunt us? Read More
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Is It Only A Game?

Is It Only A Game?

December 6, 2018

First-person shooter video games are popular. But are they ethical to enjoy? Read More
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“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

December 5, 2018

What are the ethical issues that arise with naming and shaming racists online? Read More
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How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

December 4, 2018

What are the ethical concerns with the new phenomena of digital self-harm? Read More
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Side Effects May Include Persuasion

Side Effects May Include Persuasion

December 3, 2018

What ethical concerns are raised by direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products? Read More
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Covering Female Athletes

Covering Female Athletes

November 30, 2018

What ethical choices are made in how female athletes are portrayed in sports media? Read More
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Don’t “Like” My Children

Don’t “Like” My Children

November 28, 2018

What could go wrong when parents share information about their children online? Read More
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When Actors Become Characters

When Actors Become Characters

November 26, 2018

What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters? Read More
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Filtering Out Cyberbullying

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

November 23, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Instagram's efforts to filter out cyberbullying? Read More
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To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

November 15, 2018

What are the ethical problems with "catfishing" online? Read More
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Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

November 14, 2018

What ethical challenges confront the public relations practitioner? Read More
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Ethics in Public Relations

Ethics in Public Relations

November 14, 2018

What ethical challenges confront the public relations practitioner? Read More
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Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials? Read More
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Gaming the System?

Gaming the System?

November 4, 2018

What are the ethical problems with cheating in Fortnite? Read More
Media Ethics
Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

October 31, 2018

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing? Read More
Media Ethics
How to Use Case Studies in Class

How to Use Case Studies in Class

October 28, 2018

Case studies are a common way of introducing or reinforcing themes in applied ethics classes, including those on sports and the media. Read More
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Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

October 25, 2018

Must we always be civil in our protests and activism? Read More
Media Ethics
Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

October 4, 2018

What ethical issues arise when we ask employees to use their own mobile devices? Read More
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AI and Online Hate Speech

AI and Online Hate Speech

September 25, 2018

Can AI save us from online hate speech? Or will it learn our worst traits? Read More
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Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

September 24, 2018

What ethical issues arise when realistic-sounding AI is used in human interactions? Read More
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Disrupting Journalism Ethics

Disrupting Journalism Ethics

September 13, 2018

November 5, 2018: Can journalism ethics be revised to meet the new challenges to democracy? Read More
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Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

Is Incivility Ever Ethical?

September 12, 2018

October 16, 2018: Is it ever ethical to not be civil in communicating with others? Read More
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Ethics in Public Relations

Ethics in Public Relations

September 12, 2018

October 30, 2018: What ethical choices face the public relations professional? Read More
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Moral Psychology and Media

Moral Psychology and Media

September 12, 2018

September 19, 2018: What can psychology tell us about media ethics? Read More
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Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

Media Ethics and Mobile Devices

September 12, 2018

September 25, 2018: What ethical issues are raised by cell phones at work? Read More
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Sweet Justice?

Sweet Justice?

July 25, 2018

Did Pepsi go too far in its use of protest iconography to sell its product? Read More
Media Ethics
#MeToo and the Arts

#MeToo and the Arts

July 18, 2018

What happens when the #MeToo movement meets the artworld? Read More
Media Ethics
When Comedic Stereotypes Cease to Be Funny

When Comedic Stereotypes Cease to Be Funny

July 8, 2018

Do humorous - but stereotypical - characters like Apu from "The Simpsons" cross ethical lines? Read More
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Doxing and Digital Journalism

Doxing and Digital Journalism

July 6, 2018

When can journalists reveal the identity of controversial social media users? Read More
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First, Do No Harm?

First, Do No Harm?

May 7, 2018

What ethical issues arise when balancing doctor-patient confidentiality and the protection of third parties? Read More
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The Ethics of Media Criticism

The Ethics of Media Criticism

May 2, 2018

What are the ethics of media criticism in turbulent political times? Read More
Media Ethics
Finsta Fad

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

What are the real ethical issues raised by fake Instagram accounts? Read More
Media Ethics
Collateral Damage to the Truth

Collateral Damage to the Truth

April 27, 2018

What conflicts arise when journalists want transparency on drone deaths? Read More
Media Ethics
What Exactly is Revenge Porn or Nonconsensual Pornography?

What Exactly is Revenge Porn or Nonconsensual Porn...

April 20, 2018

[ARTICLE]: Is revenge porn really simple to identify and legislate? Read More
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Media Ethics and Virtual Reality

Media Ethics and Virtual Reality

April 18, 2018

What ethical issues are raised by the use of virtual reality in journalism? Read More
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Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

April 17, 2018

Does national security trade off with privacy in biometric identification? Read More
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Dying to Be Online

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook? Read More
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Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

April 4, 2018

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical issues are created in Reddit's attempts to clean up its act? Read More
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Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

April 4, 2018

Dr. David Gunkel (NIU) discusses robot rights and digital ethics. Read More
Media Ethics
Sharing the Pain

Sharing the Pain

March 30, 2018

What ethical issues does the rapid sharing of information in emergencies raise? Read More
Media Ethics
Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

March 29, 2018

What are the ethical issues involved in the use of AI in creating fake video content? Read More
Media Ethics
Ethics and Artistic Appropriation

Ethics and Artistic Appropriation

March 26, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by reframing the meaning of public artworks? Read More
Media Ethics
Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

March 21, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Netflix's "13 Reasons Why"? Read More
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The Real Ethics of Fake News

The Real Ethics of Fake News

March 20, 2018

Dr. Scott Stroud (UT Austin) explores the complex ethics of fake news. Read More
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Bullying our First Amendment?

Bullying our First Amendment?

March 19, 2018

[CASE STUDY]: What are the legal and ethical implications of bullying by text message? Read More
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danah boyd on Digital Ethics

danah boyd on Digital Ethics

March 14, 2018

Watch Dr. danah boyd's talk on digital ethics, big data, and artificial intelligence. Read More
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Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

March 14, 2018

[CASE STUDY] What are the ethics of free speech and controversial protests? Read More
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News Media and Democracy

News Media and Democracy

March 12, 2018

Dr. Talia Stroud (UT Austin) discusses how to engage newsrooms in the digital age. Read More
Media Ethics
Ethics and the Tweeter-in-Chief

Ethics and the Tweeter-in-Chief

March 5, 2018

What are the ethical issues with President Trump's use of Twitter? Read More
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Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Idealized Images of Women in the Media

March 2, 2018

Watch Dr. Kate Pounders (UT Austin) discuss idealized images of women in the media. Read More
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Media Criticism in Turbulent Times

Media Criticism in Turbulent Times

February 14, 2018

April 25, 2018: What is the role of media criticism in our turbulent political times? Read More
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Virtual Reality and Media Ethics

Virtual Reality and Media Ethics

January 26, 2018

April 10, 2018: What does virtual reality mean for digital ethics and journalism? Read More
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News Media and Democracy

News Media and Democracy

January 23, 2018

February 22, 2018: Can the news media save democracy? Can scholars save the news media? Read More
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Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

January 19, 2018

April 3, 2018: Do robots have rights? What do robots mean for digital ethics? Read More
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Hacking Big Data

Hacking Big Data

January 19, 2018

March 6, 2018: danah boyd explores whether democracy and big data can coexist. Read More
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The Real Ethics of Fake News

The Real Ethics of Fake News

January 19, 2018

February 27, 2018: What ethical challenges wait for us in the fight against fake news? Read More
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Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Idealized Images of Women in the Media

January 19, 2018

February 6, 2018: What are the ethical problems with representations of women in the media? Read More
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The Ethics of Climate Change Communication

The Ethics of Climate Change Communication

December 11, 2017

Watch Dr. Jean Goodwin discuss the ethics of climate change communication. Read More
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Dr. Scott Stroud on the Media Ethics Initiative

Dr. Scott Stroud on the Media Ethics Initiative

December 4, 2017

The Media Ethics Initiative examines the choices, consequences, and values involved in our communicative activities. Read More
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The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media

November 27, 2017

A panel of experts discusses the dark side of social media. Read More
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Panel Shines Light on the Dark Issues of Social Media

Panel Shines Light on the Dark Issues of Social Me...

November 16, 2017

[ARTICLE] What is the dark side of social media? A panel of experts discuss privacy concerns and more in our online lives. Read More
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The Ethics of Climate Communication

The Ethics of Climate Communication

November 7, 2017

An interview with Dr. Jean Goodwin about science communication, rhetoric, and ethics. Read More
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Philosopher Discusses New Media’s Threat to Democracy

Philosopher Discusses New Media’s Threat to ...

November 3, 2017

[ARTICLE] Gregory Pappas discusses how new media inhibits deeper learning and threatens the health of democracy. Read More
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New Media, Education, and Democracy

New Media, Education, and Democracy

November 2, 2017

Dr. Gregory Pappas (Texas A&M) discusses the meaning of new media on democracy and education. Read More
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Moral Psychology on Why We Love Stories

Moral Psychology on Why We Love Stories

October 27, 2017

Watch Dr. Robert Lewis (UT Austin) talk about moral psychology and our love of stories. Read More
Media Ethics
Anthems and Activism in the NFL

Anthems and Activism in the NFL

October 16, 2017

Watch Dr. Michael Butterworth (UT Austin) discuss the ethical issues raised by the NFL anthem protests. Read More
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The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media

October 3, 2017

November 6, 2017: What is the dark side to our social media use? What can be done to improve our social media landscape? Read More
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Stories, Ethics, and Media Psychology

Stories, Ethics, and Media Psychology

October 3, 2017

October 19, 2017: What are the ethical implications of mediated stories? Read More
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Anthems and Activism in the NFL

Anthems and Activism in the NFL

October 3, 2017

October 11, 2017: What are the ethics of the NFL anthem protests and the media coverage of them? Read More
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Media, Democracy, and Education

Media, Democracy, and Education

September 26, 2017

October 26, 2017: How do new media technologies affect our democracy and educational efforts? Read More
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The Ethics of Green Advertising

The Ethics of Green Advertising

September 26, 2017

Watch Dr. Lucy Atkinson (UT Austin) talk about the promises and pitfalls of green consumption on Youtube! Read More
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Ethics and Climate Communication

Ethics and Climate Communication

September 26, 2017

November 14, 2017: What are the ethical choices being made when arguers claim that there is a scientific consensus backing their stance on climate change? Read More
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The Ethics of Green Advertising

The Ethics of Green Advertising

September 18, 2017

September 21, 2017: Interested in the ethics of green advertising and the push for sustainability? Listen to Dr. Lucy Atkinson (UT Austin) talk about her research on sustainable consumption. Read…
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Rhetorics of the Good Life

Rhetorics of the Good Life

March 16, 2017

May 3, 2017: What is the nature of the good life and virtuous communication in the present social environment? Read More
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Moral Psychology and Media Practice

Moral Psychology and Media Practice

March 8, 2017

April 10, 2017: How does human psychology inform media ethics? Read More
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Stressing Ethics in an Unfiltered Age

Stressing Ethics in an Unfiltered Age

March 3, 2017

It is more important than ever for members of the media to stay ethical and informed, according to Mary Bock, associate professor of in the School of Journalism, during a…
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Cosmopolitan Media Ethics

Cosmopolitan Media Ethics

March 2, 2017

April 4, 2017: What happens when ethics meets globalized and changing media technology? Read More
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Ethical Issues in the Fight Against Revenge Porn

Ethical Issues in the Fight Against Revenge Porn

March 1, 2017

March 21, 2017: What are the ethical issues involved in online revenge porn, and what tough ethical decisions are involved in fighting it? Read More
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Journalism Ethics and Social Media

Journalism Ethics and Social Media

December 19, 2016

February 16, 2017: Journalistic ethics are no longer just for journalists. The digital media environment has flattened the information playing field, giving long-standing news institutions the same access to an…
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Journalism and Media Bias

Journalism and Media Bias

December 13, 2016

January 31, 2017: Is the media biased? How do you even start to answer that question? Join us for a provocative talk by Dr. Robert Jensen... Read More
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Ambedkar, Social Justice, and Buddhist Right Speech

Ambedkar, Social Justice, and Buddhist Right Speec...

December 12, 2016

January 24, 2017: Following the 2013 release of Navayana's annotated critical edition of B. R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste with an introductory essay by Arundhati Roy, Dalit (ex-Untouchable) activists angrily…
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Trump, Clinton, and the Race for the Presidency

Trump, Clinton, and the Race for the Presidency

December 9, 2016

November 2, 2016: From their announcement speeches to the final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have rhetorically constructed portraits of American democracy in their campaign rhetoric. What do those…
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Advertising, Ethics, and Culture

Advertising, Ethics, and Culture

December 9, 2016

October 13, 2016: How do advertising practitioners in other cultures confront ethical issues? Read More
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Why Reflect on the Media?

Why Reflect on the Media?

December 8, 2016

What is the purpose of the Media Ethics Initiative? Read More
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