Victimizing the Victim

A big part of media ethics has to do with the well being of the victims that are being sensationalized. A lot of the time victims can be increasingly victimized when the “reporter”/ “journalist” or the source that the news is coming from does not think about the situation from both points of views. One of the craziest examples to me is when there is someone clearly in distress and someone that clearly needs help but instead of taking the time call the police or an ambulance or even to try and help the victim themselves, they take out their cell phones or cameras and start recording or taking a photograph for social media.

Happy Farms… Or Are They?

One ethical issue in advertising I am extremely interested in is what I call ‘happy farm animals’ advertising, where advertisers who sell products from animals, meat, dairy, or eggs, use those animals in their advertising to perpetuate the notion that those animals are happy, living blissful lives before pleasantly giving away their eggs, milk, or meat.

MPAA: Policing Appropriateness

For decades the MPAA’s films ratings department has been responsible for categorizing films into different categories (ratings) as a way of informing parents of the films’ content. The concerns about explicit content being accessed by young audiences is the stated purpose of this system. However, the ratings system has actually proven to be quite detrimental, and using moral relativism, I argue that it may be better if we did away with the oppressive ratings system entirely.

The Privacy of the Affected

One big ethical dilemma I have seen examples of time and time again is that in relation to the privacy of the individual subject of a news story. This comes up a lot in regards to rape victims or victims of other such violent crimes. In most cases, the victim’s name and other methods of identity are censored from the mass media. Yet, there are other instances in which the mass dissemination of a person’s identity goes unnoticed, and even accepted, by the American public. Is this ethical because it is widely accepted? Should it be widely accepted?

The Mentally Ill Shooters

The media’s representation of an individual who commits a mass shooting or is a victim of a shooting in the United States seems to depend heavily on their race. White suspects are represented in a much better light thank suspects, and even victims, of color in these crimes

Journalism After 9/11: Unethical vs Un-American

The media and journalists’ ability to so heavily influence and dictate beliefs and opinion can bring about many ethical questions. Post 9/11 media is an example of skewed reporting and the ethical implications of the media pushing a certain set of beliefs or ideas on the American people. The strong patriotism at this time created an interesting dynamic in the world of journalism.

Patent Trolls

Patent Trolls only exist due to questionable ethical practices. “Called patent trolls or non-practising entities (NPE), companies that make most of their money from licensing patents don’t have the best reputation.” (Business Insider) The problem with patent trolls is that what they do is technically not illegal. enforcing and licensing ideas is not against the law. But the manner in which the companies enforce the law is detrimental to consumers and possibly market competition (Business insider).

South Carolina Victimizing the Victim

Pavlik and Mclntosh address the issue of victimizing the victim in Chapter 10 of Converging Media, in which a victim become at fault rather than the offender. In the chapter, Pavlik and Mclntosh use rape victims as an example who are many times victimized because they are said to be dressed inappropriately or in the … Continue reading South Carolina Victimizing the Victim

Media Ethics: Rolling Stone’s Report on Rape at UVA

Last November Rolling Stone Magazine published an article about a girl who claimed to be the victim of rape. The magazine published the article without fact checking the information they published. There article did not support the police report, which found no substantive evidence that any of the claims the girl made were factual. Rolling […]

Pretty, Pretty Picture? Probably Not

  A common topic of ethics in media is in regards to photographers and their responsibilities. A photographer’s job is to document an event as it is as to add a visual dimension to a news story. Sounds simple enough right? It’s not. Photographers have to make the decision whether or not to intervene and […]