Copyright, Ethics and the new realm of social media

Copyright laws have always had to adapt to emerging media due to their increasing complexity. In parallel, the lessening regulations over media content pose some serious ethical questions. Is there a red line on what users can publish on social media? If so, whose responsibility is it to decide what is acceptable and what isn’t? … Continue reading Copyright, Ethics and the new realm of social media

Citizen First? Journalism Second?

The New York Post featured a cover photo of a man that had failed in the subway tracks with an oncoming train on December 4, 2012.


As a young feminist still trying to solidify her viewpoints and opinions on certain, more controversial topics, the Free The Nipple campaign is one that is very near and dear to my heart.

PETA and Advertising

PETA is an animal rights group that is often at the center of controversy, and their advertisements are often the cause of complaints. PETA and their advertisement campaigns raise many questions about ethics and morals, due to the often offensive nature of their content. PETA’s mission is to end animal cruelty, which is a morally charged … Continue reading PETA and Advertising

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.