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The Ethics of Emerging Media Information, Social Norms, and New Media Technology by Kathleen M. German

The Ethics of Emerging Media Information, Social Norms, and New Media Technology


The Ethics of Emerging Media Information, Social Norms, and New Media Technology by Kathleen M. German

This edited collection examines the role of ethics in new media with particular emphasis on specific contexts and applications. The Ethics of Emerging Media engages with enduring ethical questions while addressing critical questions concerning ethical boundaries at the forefront of new media development. This collection provides a rare opportunity to ask how emerging media affect the ethical choices in our lives and the lives of people across the globe. Centering on different new media forms from eBay to Wikipedia, each chapter raises questions about how changing media formats affect current theoretical understanding of ethics. By interrogating traditional ethical theory, we can better understand the challenges to ethical decision making in an age of rapidly evolving media. Each chapter focuses on a specific case within the broader conceptual fabric of ethical theory. The case studies ground the discussion of ethics in practical applications while, at the same time, addressing moral dilemmas that have plagued us for generations. The specific applications will undoubtedly continue to unfold, but the ethical questions will endure.


The editors of The Ethics of Emerging Media have put together a rich collection that takes readers on a tour of current popular media and media technologies. This book offers in-depth and smartly theorized explorations from Holocaust denial in cyberspace to the unethical tactics of American Idol producers. In between, we get discussions on Google, Wikipedia, eBay, blogs, Facebook, online journalism, and a host of other sites for inquiry. The Ethics of Emerging Media sits at the intellectual intersection of communication studies, media studies, net art, rhetoric, and technology studies and should be required reading for any scholar interested in contemporary digital communication practices. Cheryl E. Ball, Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Illinois State University

About the Author

Kathleen German, PhD., is a Professor of Communications at Miami University, OH. Bruce Drushel, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Communication at Miami University, OH.

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Publication date

5th May 2011


Kathleen M. German

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Continuum Publishing Corporation


304 pages


Media studies



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