Blog Post #1 – DUE February 24th (before class)

Taking StockFirst, read the article by Cooper (citation above) and make notes about how Americans view media ethics.  Then, seek a contemporary ethical issue where some aspect of media or communications is implicated (i.e. Guardian wire-tapping story).  Then, using the issue you’ve found and the key points you’ve pulled from Cooper, conduct a series of at least 5 casual interviews to gauge how people feel about media ethics, generally, and the case at hand more particularly.  Try not to lead the people you’re interviewing, but rather encourage them to open up about their own opinions and feelings.  Finally, take the three elements (Cooper, case study, interviews) and write your own (roughly 500 word) synthesized take on how people perceive media ethics. Be sure to use examples from each element within your posting and cite sources (and use hyperlinks) as appropriate. Remember to include (#lastname) on your post and file it appropriately.

Assignment #1


My Philosopher – DUE February 13th

Overview: This assignment is designed to introduce you more fully to a particular ethicist and his/her guiding philosophy. Although you are expected to be familiar with the various philosophers discussed in class and through the readings, this paper focuses on a single person and the work he or she has contributed to the field of Ethics.

Directions:  You will be assigned a philosopher during the second class meeting. Your job is to become an expert on this person and to explain, in writing, who he/she was (is) and what he/she contributed to our understanding of ethics.

You will create a posting on the class blog for this assignment. Your positing will…

  1. Be about 500-750 words, well-written and properly cited. You should use hyperlinks as appropriate, particularly to other students’ postings on our blog.
  2. Draw upon three academic sources (one of which may be the course text). You may use one webpage as a source IF you can identify the author and assess his/her credibility (i.e. is she a professor of ethics at a university?). Cite sources using proper APA style.
  3. Be tagged with proper key terms and include your name as author both at the top of your post, and at the end with a hashtag (i.e. #lapointe)

Your posting should include several elements, each with a proper heading:

  1. A photo or image of the philosopher, properly cited.
  2. A brief biography or personal history of the person in a way that underscores his/her own expertise and authority. Where did they come from? Who influenced them? What was the climate in which they were creating philosophy? How were they received by the society around them?
  3. An explanation of their contribution to ethics. What did they design, author or adapt? Did they create a named theory that others have followed? Did they create an ethical model (you may wish to include a diagram if so).
  4. An illustration or explanation of how they might be useful to someone studying or practicing media ethics. You might cite a particular case as an example, or provide a hypothetical argument for their use.

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