Tuesday, January 31, 2006
This stage didn't last long. My parents believe in teaching people to think for themselves. As I grew older, I found out that the world is more complex than I thought. By the time I was about 12, my parents were telling me that they had done their job, and it was time for me to make my own decisions. Then they would always add that I shouldn't complain to them if I made the wrong choice.
As I've learned to think for myself, I can see many different ethical philosophies within my own. Because of my upbringing, there is still a little bit of Kant in me, but that way of thinking has been pushed back. I like to think things through and consider all possible choices and outcomes. I tend to make decisions based on caring for others, and I tend to look at each individual instead of what's best for the group as a whole. In the end, I think my meshing of philosophies most reflects Ross and duty-based ethics. There are certain duties, but they are conditional. Each situation has to be evaluated in order for me to determine the best choice and the most important duty.
In the years since my confirmation, graduation, college and countless friendships that have come and gone, I see the world through different eyes. I now live by some sort of a golden rule/utilitarianist/egoist mix. I'm probably some sort of an ethical mutt, but it works for me. I try to do what is best for everybody, but obviously I look out for my own interests. I've also learned that what may be good for somebody else, may affect me, and only benefit that one person out of their own greed. In cases like that, I have no problem looking out for myself.
I also view myself having egoist ethics still, because doing good things makes me feel good, and I like that feeling. So while my current ethical system is guided situation to situation, I feel that it works out and I am a better person for it.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Roots digging deeper...
I was raised in a religious setting. In my home my parents did not tolerate anything that was unkind or that "lacked character". The golden rule....You bet! I can't count how many times I heard, "How would you feel if the table was turned and you were on the receiving end of this injustice?" Kant's ideal of respecting others was prevalent in our home as well. I didn't have to agree with other's thoughts or ideas but I had to respect them simply because they were their own. On the other side of the coin, being the baby of eight children, I also adopted some egoistic attitudes. I looked out for number one and occasionally threw out Kant's idea to never use people. My brothers and sisters were instrumental (used) at times in my quest to appear the perfect little girl. Today my attitudes are more duty-based. When it comes to making decisions I feel that each situaton is unique. All aspects of that situation need consideration and exploration. I like the pluralistic theory of Willam David Ross and his ethical claims (duties). This theory lets these duties vie for priority when a good decision needs to be made. As Nancy pointed out in last week's lecture, some duties may conflict and to fulfill one obligation then you may have to break another. I like rules. I like absolute rules but I also like to contrast many different ideas in decision-making. Each situation is conditional and one "tried and true" rule isn't always applicable.
Monday, January 30, 2006
As I have gotten older I have changed my way of thinking slightly. I think that it is still very important to have a mind of my own, but I have found that as I have gotten older and sometimes struggle to find myself, my mind is sometimes influenced by others. I would like to say I am steering away from duty-based, but my heart tends to get the best of me! With my education and work, I still stay set on chosing what will benefit the largest number. And lately I have started to not care about the consequences and I believe that sometimes there is not a definite answer!
If I was to apply a single philosophy to myself, however, I would definitely say I am duty-based. Sometimes I have to pick between two important values, and my priorities for each change in different circumstances. It's not too irregular to be stuck with the options of either hurting a friend's feelings or lying. Whichever option seems like it will do the most good at the time is what I usually go with, using feeling to make my decision. I definitely agree with Ross's duty-based philosophy as well with the idea that people are born with an innate sense of right and wrong. I believe this because people can usually always tell when they are being wronged, so they can tell when they are hurting another as well.
I believe that following both the Golden Rule and the duty-based philosophy should not lead to many problems deciding between the two. Making my best decision based on values usually leads to doing to another what I would want him or her to do to me.
While growing up, I think that my ways of ethical thinking did change and develop as time went on. When I was very young, I had a very egoistic way of thinking, as many children do. All I cared about was getting what I wanted, and being taken care of myself. But the older I got, and the easier it was for me to understand things, it changed. I became more duty-based. I followed the rules no matter what (or at least tried, haha) because mom and dad say so, and there is no other way. Once again, the older I got and the more understanding I gained, the more I learned to be concerned about others, and learned that it isn't always black and white, right and wrong. And through that knowledge, I developed the kind of reasoning that I use now.
I also believe that part of why I use a little bit of every kind of reasoning is that because I used each kind at different times as I was growing up, some of it stayed with me even as my mindset was changing. And I think it is that way for a lot of people.
I was the only girl with three little brothers and masculine father. I was taught to do unto others as you want done unto them. However as I grew out of my little kid sharing stage I developed a more moderation concept. That finding a middle like Aristotle has proved helpful. However I always had a struggle with the gender differences. Then when Nancy told us about Carol Gilligan I just wanted to leap for joy. This could be something I viewed with personal experiences affecting ethical choices as well as your gender. I now must look into her more and continue digging into myself as well.
Alright, that's all a bit of silliness, really. In truth I had a very mainstream LDS upbringing. Let's see...let's see, let's see, let's see. As a child, well, a younger person, anyway, I'm still pretty childish, you know, anyway, as a child I would have called myself a follower of Epicurus. Yes, selfish little girl. But honestly, don't tell me that I'm the only one that kifed saltwater taffy from the supermarket barrels when you were so young? My sister used to lick the salt off the peanuts and then put them back. At least I'm not that bad. Anyway, at the age of, let's say, five, everything was about me. Lie if it'll get me out of trouble, cheat if it means I'll win, steal if it means I can get some candy. So on and so forth.
With my parents good influence this of course dissolved over the next few years and I created my own philosophies, called marxism. Just kidding. I would say once I matured up I became.................(Right now I'm choosing between Ross, Rauels, or Augustine)....................my heavens, this is difficult. I'd like to say that I lean towards Augustine, but I think that's something that will come later in life. I'm probably more like Rauels right now, you know, with his theory of justice. Rauels believed that we have a moral obligations to protect people. I agree. I think this will become stronger in my future, and will slowly push me towards Augustine's philosophies. But for now, I'm decidedly with Rauels.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
As a young person, I began to be aware of others around me and that they had beliefs and feeling as well as myself. I was taught by the example of my parents that my negative actions could cause distress to others and that was not a good thing. The golden rule is a good description of my beliefs, so I think that Kant's categorical imperative is where I have fit the most throughout my life.
As an example, at a family gathering I apparently made a joking comment about my brother that really bothered his wife. I do not even remember what I said, as I thought that it was inconsequential. My sister in law, on the other hand, was deeply offended. I apologized profusely (even though many other family members thought no apology was due) because the other person’s feelings were of most importance to me. This action may also fit with some of the other ethical philosophies (can't remember them all!).
Over the years, I have developed beliefs that align somewhat with some of the other philosophies. I can identify with Gilligan’s theories about men and women: men care about justice and women care about caring. For several years while my children were young, my wife was experiencing some health problems that kept her from some of the normal family interaction. As a result I took on the role of the nurturer and the mother was the enforcer - a role reversal according to Gilligans theory. Now the children are adults and have life challenges of their own. I am now all about justice, while their mother does the caring and nurturing. So as life changes, so does our beliefs.
On a larger scale than just myself, I believe that Mills utilitarianism has the most benefit to society.I made an interesting (but not an easy) read of Ann Raynd's Atlas Shrugged. I can't agree with the beliefs of egoism, of which Raynd's objectivism is a type of, but she presented it as capitalism in such a way that you could see much societal benefit.
Enough rambling for now...
Although my parents didn't often provide direct moral guidance, they did somehow sneak in some guilt trip into my personality. I'm still trying to figure out how they managed that one. For years it was the personality trait of the said guilt trip which would guide me. For the most part, I think it did a pretty decent job.
I graduated from high school in 2003, and promptly flew from Maine to Utah to begin college. When I entered college I also joined the Air Force ROTC here at USU.
The US Air Force has a set of three 'Core Values', "Integrity First, Service Before Self, & Excellence In All We Do". Two years of Air Force ROTC and a month of Field Training has engrained in me, above all else, "Integrity First". Due to circumstances mostly out of my control, I am no longer in ROTC. But the training instilled in me a sense of integrity.
Going back in time a little now, I began dating someone back in Maine. We moved to Utah together, and dated here for a while more. Overall, we for a few years. When we broke up, I didn't take it very well. I conducted myself in a very poor manner, and lost a lot of self-respect over how I behaved.
Between an obnoxious guilt trip personality, ROTC, a poor breakup, most of my actions revolve around whether I think something’s ethical and whether I be able to respect myself or not.
I think that my perception about whether an action is ethical or not tends to be very virtue-based (Kant), but occasionally utilitarianism. For example, I generally consider lies unethical, but there are always the bizarre exceptions to the rule.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
looking back on my ethical upbringing I think it is like most christan house holds. I was pushed toward Kants "do unto others as you would have others do unto you" However, It wasn't total condemnation for any lie told.
my dad was a big supporter of helping the underdog. So I would also say that Ralls "speak for those that cant speak for themselves," was also a very true part of my upbringing and has stayed with me.
I still have those ethical beliefs today, but looking at the differences in men and women I also believe Gilligan that there is a very distinct separation between men and women in how they interpret ethics and justice.
I was brought up more duty based going along with Kant again with the strict duties, don't hurt anyone, and the meritorious duties such as develope talents, help others in need of aid etc. . .
One of the biggest reasons that I am duty based would have to do with the way I was brought up.
Friday, January 27, 2006
It feels like I've made a complete loop around to test what I truly value. Not being raised with religion or belief in anything, I've had to discover on my own. I've been a regular member to a couple different religions and am now right back to where I started when I was being raised by my parents.
I still lean on those core values that my parents taught me and the one that has stuck with me the strongest has been to be truthful. I would say that I lean toward Kant slightly in that I can't tell a lie, I'm a horrible liar and have been taught that it is the worst thing to do. I would also consider myself duty-based because I don't have a rule book or set of guidelines to follow from any organized belief system, I rely on myself and my heart to tell me what is right.
The philosophy was that we could do whatever we wanted as long as we were ‘grown up’ enough to accept the consequences. It was very much utilitarian. If we wanted to drop out of high school that was just dandy as long as we were willing to accept what came later in life because of it.
One of the only rules in the Miner home was that “you never screw anyone over to get yourself ahead.” This was more of Kant in my family’s ethical standpoint. We could do whatever we wanted as long as it didn’t keep anyone else from doing the same.
My ethics now are much what they were. One of the only additions is a sense of social criticism. Things can always change for the better and it is the responsibility of citizens to stand up and do something about it.
I am a big fan of the Social Responsibility Theory of the press. I love journalism because it has such a great ability to make change in society. It does a great job of that now but could always be used more in that capacity.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Here is a column by Vir Sanghvi on the ethics of sting journalism.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Journalism majors: Can you embrace this? Do you believe your chosen profession lives by it?
Non-journalists: What do you think? Do the mass media, in your experience, live by their own code?
My values are pretty standard, I suppose. Truth is an obvious one. I think it's a bit tainted though, I hate to say. I look at it more like a contextual truth. Flatout lies are a no-no, but what I tell them is different. Sometimes they don't need to know the full story, or not all of it is important to the message I am trying to get across. It may create a bias, but that is impossible to overcome no matter how a person is told. Kind of a social strategy or something like that.
I am sure that there is a word that describes my next value, but I suck with words and don't know what it is. I have general feeling or urge to help people. I see it as a value, but it can also be seen as a weakness, and I have been told so.
Trustworthiness...is that even a word?...one value that I strive to maintain. It has turned me into the person who gets told everything. People know that what I hear, I rarely repeat, so I get all the dirt. Which is cool, but I can't tell anybody what I am told, so it has it's drawbacks.
Critical thinking is another that I cherish. I think I am a little too liberal with it though, because in recent years I have become a conspiracy theorist. While thinking everything is a conspiracy is fun, it's like rocking in a rocking chair. A whole lot of fun, but you aren't accomplishing anything. I get a little too paranoid over some things, and while it has paid off, it has also gotten me in trouble.
Success. This isn't a value that I currently hold, but I do strive to be a successful person. I think it's one of the things that makes our country what it is. It provides motivation to get stuff accomplished, even if the motive can be seen as greedy.
I think the media has pretty positive values. Truth, integrity, knowledge, accuracy and information. But, of course, it gets lost in the process of coming out. It's like communism, a stellar theory, but is all sorts of jacked up when you throw people into the mix. The media has to move to different levels to get attention and keep itself alive; and because of that even the best intentions get lost.
My values have worked themselves in over the years. It's weird to think, but they started to develop after I stopped going to church. I think church is cool, it does good things for people, but not for me. I was a pretty lousy person because of religion, and I think it's because it was a crutch or loophole to do bad things. I knew that no matter what I did wrong I could repent and be forgiven, it's a get out of jail free card. Now I have to find other ways to justify doing bad things, and that's hard to do, so I am a more stand-up citzen.
First and foremost I value people. This encompasses a lot of things...family, friends and even strangers. The people in my life are the most important thing to me, because that is what makes life worthwhile. I will do anything for someone I care about. Even if it means giving up something myself. Second, I value honesty and integrity. It is so important for me to be able to trust and rely on someone. It is one of my biggest pet peeves to know when someone isn't being completely honest with me or someone else. Lies can only get a person so far in life before it ends up bringing them down. Third, I value service or charity. I don't think the world could function without people taking care of each other. No one is perfect at it, but I think the effort to do good makes a difference. Fourth, I value knowledge. Sometimes school is stressful, but I always appreciate the knowledge that I gain from it. I love to learn, and I think one of the best things a person can do in this life is to get all the knowledge they can, and never stop looking for more. Finally, I value my religion. I am a very active member of the LDS church, and I value everything about my membership. The morals and values I am taught, the things I feel, the responsibilities I have, the people I know, the scriptures...the list goes on. My religion has helped make me who I am today, so it is very important to me.
These values are similar to the media in some ways, and different in others. As far as people goes, the media cares about people to a point, and their audience, but sometimes they have to hurt, pressure and push some people to get their stories, and that is a little harder for me to do. As far as honesty, it is extremely important for the media to be honest so, if for nothing else, they avoid libel suits. Service...the media is supposed to serve the community. Knowledge... they are supposed to inform the public. So although the media may value these things for different reasons than me, I think that in a way at least some of our values can be lined up. And in the places that they don't, maybe I can make a difference.
Monday, January 23, 2006
I may change my mind frequently, but there are a few things that have always been important to me. First, I value respect. I tend to be even-tempered, and the only times in my life when I've really been angry with someone have been when they have been disrespectful to someone else. Second, I value family. I have seven brothers and sisters. They are my favorite people in the world. I have a habit of rambling on telling stories about them. They are my life, and I would do almost anything for any of them. Third, I value religion. I value my religion, and I value the beliefs of others. I also value happiness. Amid all of the miserable things that can happen in life, I believe it's important to search out good things and try to keep a positive outlook. Finally, I value rest. Without it, I would never make it through the day.
I realize that my values don't always match up with media values. Respect isn't their top priority, and the presses never rest. I figure that with each situation, I'll have to determine what is most important. I think those conflicting values will give me the opportunity to prove to myself that I really am the person I believe myself to be. I think a person really shows what they value through their decisions and actions.
The birthplace of my ethical reasoning started simply at home. I was raised in the kind of family that, for the most part, believed in the standard values LDS homes are noted for: honesty, integrity, dedication, and so on. But my main growth and development happened in my early teens when my family broke apart and my values started to conflict with my reality. I stilled believed in family values, but the definitions of them became skewed slightly from the traditional versions. My growth in ethical reasoning became even more askew when I became a journalist and was suddenly playing for a team that didn't seem to always follow my choice of values. Media have a tendency to sell sensationalism and worry first about the buck and last about the person. Although those tendencies trouble me, I have discovered that journalists have another unexplored side. Like Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, "The evil men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones." It is easier to forget the value journalist have in a community when the bad stuff is so over powering. Journalists and media can be evil, but I am one who would prefer to accept that as truth yet focus on the good things media try to provide like objective, accurate, and fair information about the world around us. They are not going to get it right all the time, but as long as they are doing whatever they can to get it right the first time, I am willing to let a few things slide not only as a journalist myself, but as a media consumer.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
My values have changed a bit since I first did a Values Clarification Exercise a few decades ago. Back in the late 70's, when I was in mid-career, I listed my values as Creativity, Wisdom, Integrity, Achievement, and Freedom.
Today, I would list them as Insight, Innovation, Creativity, Functionality, and Peace.
I haven't thought too much about Media Values, but it occurs to me that Storycraft, Attention, Accuracy, Integrity, and Leadership are typical media values.
It occurs to me that one of the biggest challenges facing the media is the need to tell a coherent and compelling story without compromising the essential truth.
I imagine there must be times when a news-oriented journalist envies the gifted novelist. Fiction-writing is a great scam. A novelists gets to tell the truth while pretending to lie.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
My five personal values are: Life itself
Freedom to live unoppressed
Family and relationships
A Good and Honest Work Ethic
Media values that seem a priority are: Power
Provision of Information
Hype and Drama
My values are basic traditional values and they don't mesh so well with today's Media values. Well, maybe there is a little bit of overlap. For example, I enjoy living here in America where I enjoy many freedoms. The agency to think, feel, act and say whatever I choose is a freedom that many in our world do not have. The Media may argue that they reserve the same rights to act freely...write freely.....film freely....report freely. However, their truths can be distorted, their ethics and ideals compromised, and the people whom they serve can be hurt. I am not perfect as a human being. For I can also lie, distort, compromise and hurt....if I choose to. That is where my religious beliefs come into the picture. I choose to render overall goodness to the world. Can the Media say that? Is that even a possibility? If the Media rendered "goodness to the world", would it be fair, be truthful, be objective or for that matter, put food on the Media worker's tables? Probably not.
I will probably never have a career in the media. I don't know if I have what it takes. I look forward to learning about ethics. Choosing to act ethically can and will enrich all of our lives.
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My name is Lydia Erickson, I am a senior majoring in Jounalism with an emphasis in Public Relations my minor is in Marketing. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have one sibling, an older sis.
I believe that although the things I value don't match what I think the media values exactly there is still overlap. The media tends to go through times of human interest (i.e. after hurricane katrina, the tsunami in asia), although not constantly, they go with the flow and the trends of the time. I will always value those around me and the relationships I have with others.
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Another headline from the slmetro.com said “Megaplex 17 Also Pulls Transamerica”, which is about a “a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual”. This is the first time I’ve even heard about this movie, so maybe I’m just out of the loop….again. I wonder if this will also cause a big stir in the blogosphere. Maybe we'll hear more about Larry Miller. Keep your eyes open!
Friday, January 20, 2006
What I view as important (not in any order):
Financial security (especially as a farmer)
Willingness to admit mistakes
What I think the media values:
Money and profit
Fair or unbiased reporting
I think that my personal values have evolved through my experiences. Having moved a lot in my life I had to depend on family over friends. As an elementary student we moved sometimes twice a year. I learned to quickly appreciate my family and for them to be some of my closest and greatest friends. Also as a young child I learned to be honest and admit when you are wrong. I watched as my father quit a job because he was not willing to "fix" financial records for his company. This showed me that honesty was more important than a job. That a person can replace a job but not honesty. Marrying a farmer again exemplified the importance of honesty. With my husband's example he has shown that people respect an honest, poor person over a dishonest, rich person. With my marriage came the end of the financial security I knew growing up. Now trying to prepare for the future is risky because we don't know if milk will stay or drop in price. With my belief that honest people succeed falls in religion. Throughout my life it has helped me make it through all the moves and problems. Enough blabber...onto the media.
I think that what the media values and does are not always the same things. When it comes to people, only the famous or unique or law-breaking people seem to make the news. Everyday citizens are often ignored. I don't think by mistake but because it is hard to sell stories without important people or events happening. However, if a reporter looks hard enough, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sadly, a concern with money has overrun the reporting in some media publications. Selling that five more subscriptions becomes more important than getting that source that truly has a story. With the money problem has also evolved an award obsession. Who got that? Or who received such and such is more important than reporting now days. However, sometimes the problems with the media overshadow the positive aspects. Most newspapers or broadcast stations still try to find the facts and truth and report unbiased stories. It just seems that the negative hides the positives.
My name is Jeremiah but everyone who's anyone calls me Bitty. Jeremiah is so outdated. Why didn't my parents just call me Jebidiah and get it over with. I grew up in Cedar City, Utah with my seven sisters. Yes, it was awful just in case you were thinking that.
My top 5 values were:
What I thought the media's were:
I thought we were similar in the fact that I value open-mindedness and they value diversity. We were different in the fact that they value politics and I absolutely loathe them. I think their primary objectives are the "here and now" with money and mine are more spiritual and eternally based.
I am a broadcast/print journalism major. I attended SUU and BYU before coming here. I'm actually doing an internship in Berlin next semester! I expect everyone to be as excited as I am.
I know that media's values and my own will conflict but in conflict sometimes our values become stronger. That's what I'm hoping for.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Rex Bodrero is my name. I am a life-long resident of Cache Valley. I returned to USU three semesters ago to finish the engineering degree that I started somewhere over 30 years ago. I wonder if I will find my ethical values to be very different from the majority of younger students.
Among the things I value most are:
Respect for others
Some of the things that I believe the media values are:
Objectivity (but not always)
Promoting the degradation of moral values
Boy, what a mixture of media values. I think that some media is truthful and objective, but that others are only about making money with no respect for tradional values (obviously I'm all for tradional values).
I won't have a career in journalism, but I hope to learn objectivity and understanding of the media. The case study of this weeks class pointed out that we are constantly faced with ethics decisions.
And that's where I will begin.
I am from Lehi.What school? Lehi High.
And that is where I will end.
No, just kidding. Yes, my name is Jennifer Lyn Pulham, but I'd much prefer it if you'd all just call me Jen. Jennifer is such a formal name. Like Walter or Theodore. Are there any Walters or Theodores in the class? Not likely. Anyway, I am from Lehi, as the haiku indicates, and my high school was called Lehi High (say it out loud to find the irony). I'm now a senior...yes...I've made it this far, and I'm majoring in journalism with an emphasis in print.
My top five values are:
2. My best friend
3. My bed (can't go wrong there)
4. My religion, faith, and beliefs
5. My health
The top five I gave the media (and this is what they value to write about) are:
3. Religious strife and such
5. Odd news
Obviously they don't really match up with mine. I actually have little interest in politics. I do enjoy a good murder mystery, though. I guess we share the religion thing, except I don't necessarily need the strife to be satisfied. Catastrophes are very interesting to read about, but I'd hate to be in one, unless I new I could help in some way or survive. Probably our strongest common value is "odd news." Who doesn't enjoy skimming through "Weekly World News" to see what's new with Batboy? Oh, man, I love that.
I suppose if I'm to become a journalist, I'll have to become desensitized to a lot of these things. It will be a sad day when a murder doesn't phase me, but that will probably come, in some small degree, at least. I personally hope to write the "odd news". No, I don't want to write for Weekly World. I just want to do the feature stories. You know, about the guy that lives across the street who never comes out of his house but randomly leaves little gifts in the tree for neighborhood children. Wait a minute...that sounds vaguely familiar...
Regarding my personal values, some of them include life, education, honesty, relationships, and happiness.
One of these values is also highly important in the media- education. Education is one word that sums up the media. Whether the media's information is true or not, it's still educating an audience. Truthfulness depends on the type of media and those getting their news from it. In valuing honesty, I need to be active in looking for specific mediums that I believe to be true. When I read ads or stories from the tabloids, I can just keep in mind that some of the information might not be true.
Life, relationships, and happiness all affect the media as well. These are highly valued for people other than myself, therefore making them good topics to cover. Life is, in a sense, the only topic covered at all.
Because I am looking for a profession in the media for my future, I know situations will arise that will question my values. Honesty is seen to be a huge problem in many media outlets. However, I think that in reporting for newspapers and eventually editing them, the careers I want to have, I will be able to stay truthful.
Most of my values, I think, will actually be amplified in working for the media. I know I will be much more educated with current news as well as historical events. I will have opportunities to develop new relationships and strengthen them. I believe that my life and my happiness will greatly flourish because in working as a journalist, I will be doing what I love.
I'm David Kennedy. I grew up along the northern coast of Maine. I'm a junior, majoring in computer science. My Blog is http://apt13times.blogspot.com Some of my top values are integrity, knowledge, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Okay, the last three sound like I just copied them, but seriously....I think they're good ones. I feel that the media values a good story, ratings, disaster, knowledge, and freedom.
At one point in our history, the media would try to ‘protect’ people like the president. For example, people’s views of Franklin Roosevelt (not Teddy Roosevelt) didn’t need to be tainted by the images of his physical handicap, so they were rarely shown. However, in modern times, it seems as if the media views themselves as the guard against ‘Big Brother’. That is, it is their responsibility to bring to light the scandals, cover-ups, and secrets. The word The History Channel uses is 'WatchDog'. As obnoxious as this can be at times, I think that these tendencies stem from the respectable values of knowledge and freedom.
Speaking of the Media's ethics, there's a cartoon portraying the Media As A 'Double Edged Sword'.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
My top five personal values are family, religion, life, education, and money. I believe that I have some similarities with the media's values. I think the media values drama and scandal, money, sex, politics, tradgedy/death/blood, and although I don't think they always do it, truth.
Looking at the values that I have come up with for myself and the media I know that I fit in well enough with education and money. However, I think there are some conflicts when it comes down to my value of family, religion, and life.
I don't predict these to be gigantic problems but I would be a fool if I said they wouldn't cause any problem at all. I hope that in the work force I'm not asked to do somthing I view as unethical or against my moral code, but I doubt that will happen. I guess that is what this class is all about, to push our values and see what we'll do. I know that I will have to make some judgement calls in my job, more than most people will because of the field I am going into, but I am excited to dig in and look at what we come out with.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A slavish attention to factual detail can make a story impenetrably dense. A little hyberbole can spice up a tale, by bringing out the inherent drama. It's a fine line between sticking to the facts and weaving a coherent story that holds the reader's attention.
At first glance, it seems that the only interest here is the right to suicide for the terminally ill. But upon closer inspection, I found there to be some political points of interest.
The Supreme Court upheld the law 6-3, with Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Scalia, voting against. This must imply, by the process of elimination, that the other Justices (Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, & Breyer) must have voted for. See A Listing Of Justices.
Those Justices considered conservative voted against, while those considered moderate and liberal voted for. O'Connor, well known for being a 'Swing' voter, has announced her plan to retire. To replace her, President Bush has nominated Samuel Alito. Conservatives hope that Alito will be able to swing the Supreme court to the right, and Justice Kennedy is expected to become a more influential swing voter with O'Connor's retirement. Kennedy is a conservative who sometimes swings towards the liberal side in cases involving topics like gay rights and capitol punishment.
See More Cases Currently In The Supreme Court
Monday, January 16, 2006
Bok's first step in her model to ethical decision making in Chapter 1 of Ethical Decision Making is:
Consult your own conscience about the "rightness" of an action. How do you feel about the action?
Just something to think about....
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Welcome to the grand adventure -- Utah State University students in JCOM 4010, Mass Media Ethics, will push far beyond boring research papers this semester and blog our explorations here.
-- Banish the darkness by shedding light on the subject so it becomes more than a tired old joke ("Media ethics? Isn't that an oxymoron?").
-- Discover models and tools that make ethical decisions clearer, and read a few philosophers (Aristotle, Mill, Kant, Rawls and others) who thought well and deeply about ethics.
-- Practice thinking our way to clarity by writing. It's really true: we often don't know what we think about an event or case until we try to write it clearly.
There's more, but that's enough to let you know what you're into here. Join us, please!