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Ethical Theories & Modern Communications
Examines the ethical theories of Aristotle, Mill, Kant, & Rawls. Discusses the implications of each for communication ethics. Proposes a new communication ethic based on pluralism.
# 20803 | 1,575 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2003 in Philosophy (General) , Ethics (General)


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"I. Introduction
Developing an ethical theory for the Information Age is a somewhat different proposition from the development of traditional communication ethics has been. From Aristotle to Rawls, the focuses of previous theories have been primarily on honesty, on secrecy to a lesser degree, and almost always on personal ethics. That is, the major ethical theorists have determined that the ethical burden should fall on the shoulders of the individual and what he or she should say. The ethical situations and dilemmas that are considered are almost always in a dyadic communication relationship; that is, one sender, one receiver, and one message. Contemporary communication is often far more complex than that, with mass audiences, multiple channels, and mixed messages. This paper will first examine four.."

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