Case Studies

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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
“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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
“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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials? Read More
Media Ethics
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
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
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
Media Ethics
Doxing and Digital Journalism

Doxing and Digital Journalism

July 6, 2018

When can journalists reveal the identity of controversial social media users? Read More
Media Ethics
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
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
Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

April 17, 2018

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

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook? 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
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
Media Ethics