Media Ethics (Section 03002, Fall 2015)

About this class

Studies suggest that the average Canadian spends 31 hours online and 14 hours watching TV every week.  Many of us also listen to the radio while driving, read the newspaper in the metro, and are bombarded with advertising everywhere we go. It is therefore hard to deny that the media plays a major role in our lives. But the media is hardly neutral when it comes to ethics, and it presents us with moral conundrums on a daily basis. Journalists struggle to balance the need for privacy with the public interest when reporting a story; Hollywood Blockbusters have raised questions about the place of sexism and consumerism in popular culture; and communities struggle with the issue of universalism versus particularism in an increasingly global era.

 

This course is designed to engage with these and other ethical issues. Conceptually, it is organized into 4 sections: 1) An Introduction to Ethics, 2) The Media and its role in Creating Normative Values, 3) Ethics and the Media in the Global Era, 4) and The Media, Democracy, and a Just Society. Assignments include in-class activities, program-related posts to be made on an educational networking site called newsactivist.com, and a position paper and formal debate about free speech in a global context. Students must formulate an opinion about the morality of Charlie Hebdo’s publishing project in advance of a classroom discussion designed to challenge their conclusions and encourage them to reformulate their ideas and/or reinforce their arguments. Content will be delivered through a combination of lectures and in-class activities, and a participation mark will be assigned.

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by Athena T. on December 22, 2015
          We live in a digital age where media is everywhere, outside, in every building, in all our homes and when we turn our head because many of us multitask and use many appliances at a time. Shows and Ads objectify men and women for gain however more so women.

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by jackb22 on December 9, 2015
Mason Mintzberg                                                                    Wednesday November 25 2015   Is Donald Trump Ethical?

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by cowboys on December 8, 2015
Christopher Asselin 1334661 Sarah Waurechen  Media Ethics 25 November 2015 Does the Canadian Government Control the Media? As a social science student, I have always tried to take as many courses that revolve around the many functions of the government, because of my extreme interest in the topic. These include the creation and passage of laws, the economy, domestic social issues, and international issues and resolutions. These courses have led to me to decide that I would love to become a politician as a future career. 

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by Madea says on December 1, 2015
The government of Canada indicates that childhood obesity rates in the country have nearly tripled in the last 30 years (Government of Canada 2015). However, it is believed that in the late 1970’s, five percent of children and teens in Canada and 5.6 per cent in the U.S. were obese (CBC 2015).

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by Anonymous Activist on November 27, 2015
            Guy Turcotte case has spilled a lot of ink in the past months, maybe too much compared to how to how the event should have really been covered by the news coverage networks.

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by skiitles23 on November 27, 2015
“The things you do today affect not only today. They build you and prepare you and position you for all the days that will come.” This quote by Ralph Marston is extremely accurate and is a great advice for our everyday lives. We don't always take the time to realize what we are doing and how it can affect us. We only get our health once, so why add risks that can cause your life to end short. Smoking is one thing that is extremely harmful to our health and to the people around us. About 2.0 billion people in the world smoke. One in every three adult’s smokes. (Novac)

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by uwotm8 on November 26, 2015
The media has many different shapes and forms that are used as a tool to store and deliver information to a certain public. Social, broadcast, published and mass media are all sources from which we gather most of our knowledge on what is going on around us. Our values, ideologies, and political attitudes are initially based on how we are raised, where we come from, and/or our religion but the media ultimately plays the role of crafting and redefining that base.

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by Spayro on November 26, 2015
  Does the Carl's Jr. 2015 Super Bowl Commercial influence the media in ethically troubling ways?  

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by Blurryface on November 25, 2015
   What is the most important ethical issue raised by the social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and why?: First off,  Black Lives Matter is an African-American activist movement that formed only two years ago back in 2013 after the Trayvon Martin trial.

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by LaNavarra on November 25, 2015
    Ageism in Entertainment Media

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by Quest on November 25, 2015
      Killing for Life     4. What is the most ethical issue raised by the social media hashtag #ppsellsbabyparts. And why?           

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by cowboys on November 25, 2015
As a social science student, I have always tried to take as many courses that revolve around the many functions of the government, because of my extreme interest in the topic. These include the creation and passage of laws, the economy, domestic social issues, and international issues and resolutions. These courses have led to me to decide that I would love to become a politician as a future career. 

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by Lilakins on November 25, 2015
Dove® has changed the world of marketing as we know it. In September of 2004, the Dove® brand of beauty products was faced with a difficult challenge: How do you market a beauty product targeting all different types of women? In other words, how can you define beauty ethically and how can you make your consumer feel beautiful? Today’s advertising companies are continuously generating unrealistic images of what is considered beautiful.

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by tellyourfriends on November 25, 2015
Following the budget cuts that the Quebec government implemented on public school workers of the province, the teacher strikes began. The provincial government intends to eliminate funds for after-school programs, special needs programs, cutting approximately 800 resource-teacher and special education teacher jobs. Also increasing student-teacher ratio in classrooms while freezing teacher salaries and cuts into their pension plan (Cbc.ca). With these budget cuts and strike days not only are teachers and students paying the price but so are parents.

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by ethicstudent on November 25, 2015
Since the growth of social media and its popularity in today's society, it is no surprise that many issues have been raised from these media platforms. For the past few years there has been growing concern for patients’ privacy on health professionals’ blogs and social media profiles.

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by jackb22 on November 25, 2015
  Is Donald Trump Ethical?

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3 years 10 months ago

In the framework of deontology, all free speech is absolute. However all people have a duty to do their job, if you choose to be a news reporter then report news, if you just want a juicy story then write articles as a journalist or as an independent author. Framing in the news media is causing friction in an already tense society and those just looking for a reaction aren't helping. Now white privilege doesn't only mean being born privileged, it means the safety of your children and their credibility as an individual. I completely agree with their thoughts on frames and gender role expectations in the media of 2015.

3 years 10 months ago

Hi I am a current student at Dawson College, and for an assignment we are asked to comment on a post. My corrections are for assignment purposes and I do respect your opinion.
I'll start of by saying that I do like the points you brought up and I agree with you. Physical activity is extremely important for the body and mind, and I back up your point "sports increase self-discipline and leadership". I've been doing sports since I was 3 years old, and I have learned a lot about it. Being in a sports program is a huge motivation as well, because if they don't keep their grades off they will simply be kicked off the team they are in.
However, many kids don't take it seriously. Especially kids in high school think that it is somewhat 'cool' to be a jock which causes their grades to go down. This happens to kids, and unfortunately it can cause other problems for them. One of them being; creating the stress of keeping their grades up just so they can stay in the program, which can affect their performance in the sport they practice as well. This can cause the individual to feel pessimistic about their future if their Plan A was to be successful in the 'Sport-Études program'.
It's also unfortunate that they don't offer many sports. For example, I do synchronized skating which is not offered in any schools in Montreal as a sports program.

3 years 10 months ago

This is an issue that isn't talked about enough and I'm glad to see someone talking about it on here! I could not agree with you more, sex education is one of the most important things we should be teaching kids/teenagers. Especially with the recent uprise of teenage pregnancy these days. Although, lots of people might wonder whether having a sex ed class is ethical or not. We can answer this using one of many ethical frameworks - a set of codes that an individual uses to guide his or her behavior. I think the most suitable framework would be rationalism. Rationalism is a view that appeals to reason as the “chief source” as well as a source of knowledge or justification. Therefore, teaching kids about sex in school is indeed ethical, for the reason that it is extremely important in their growth. They should be aware of the changes happening in their body, why they’re happening, and how to handle it. That way, they won’t feel worried, scared or that something is wrong with them. It is so important for these kids to know the risk of not only pregnancies, but STDs as well, so it can be avoided and prevented as much as possible. Sex is the way we were put on this planet, it should not have any stigma surrounding it. It’s a no-brainer that we should be educating kids on it as much as we can.

3 years 11 months ago

Hi I am a current student at Dawson College, and for an assignment we are asked to comment on a post. My corrections are for assignment purposes and I do respect your opinion.
I’ll start off by saying that I found your topic rather interesting which is why I chose to comment on your post. It caught my attention because I believe that this can be a problem that will affect a vast number of students.
I think that there are other factors that students must incorporate in their life besides exercising, sleep and not drinking. Yes those are extremely important, however stress will still find a way to come into our lives. For example, I exercise about 5 days a week, I always have 8 to 9 hours of sleep, and I barely drink (once a month at maximum). Stress will somehow find its way into my life. There are other factors that can cause students not to perform to their greatest potential in school. We can follow these rules, but are they really affective? It’s important to take into consideration that not all students think and act the same, and what might work for one might not work for another. Utilitarianism: What will bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism). I feel there is lacking facts about what can cause this stress and to add more solutions on how to cope with it.

Reply to: Human Robots
4 years 1 week ago

Can we really say that robots of tomorrow will replace human in the medical field? February 2014, the province of Quebec account 8.3% more nurse then ten years and there is still a shortage.

Let’s face it, robot and artificial intelligence technology are cool and the main reason why we still use robot is to perform repetitive tasks of everyday life while ensuring a certain level of quality. There is significantly more and more patients, there is a real need for this technology and the use technology also ensures to have a better work quality and services. However the implementation of such technology in a hospital environment where each patient have specific problems it’s really a desirable thing? The use of this technology confronts us to a new kind of moral dilemma and force us to ask the question: is it morally correct to use robots with artificial intelligence to perform tasks where human life is concerned? In order to find the best approach to resolve this dilemma teleological ethics will be applied.

I think we all agree that robot or not what really matters at the end of the day the health of patients and the service quality provided by nurses and doctors. According to utilitarianism a sub branch of theological theories what really what really counts is the good of the greatest number of individuals. In our situation the utilization of robots in medical field could allow nurses in the public sector to focus primarily on new patients and patients who really need a nurse assistance. Medical robotic assistance could also have the effect of lowering medical costs linked to the assistance of a nurse and also lower the risk of errors that are often human origins.

I think the utilization of robotic technology in the medical sector is an ordinary evolutionary event such as the utilization of computers outside professional area.

Sources:

1."Le Québec Compte 8,3 % De plus D'infirmières Et D'infirmiers Qu'il Y a Dix Ans." Bulletin Infostats. Infostats. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

2.Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

3.Anderson, Kerby. "Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number." Probe Ministries. 27 May 2004. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Reply to: Human Robots
4 years 1 week ago

Can we really say that robots of tomorrow will replace human in the medical field? February 2014, the province of Quebec account 8.3% more nurse then ten years and there is still a shortage.

Let’s face it, robot and artificial intelligence technology are cool and the main reason why we still use robot is to perform repetitive tasks of everyday life while ensuring a certain level of quality. There is significantly more and more patients, there is a real need for this technology and the use technology also ensures to have a better work quality and services. However the implementation of such technology in a hospital environment where each patient have specific problems it’s really a desirable thing? The use of this technology confronts us to a new kind of moral dilemma and force us to ask the question: is it morally correct to use robots with artificial intelligence to perform tasks where human life is concerned? In order to find the best approach to resolve this dilemma teleological ethics will be applied.

I think we all agree that robot or not what really matters at the end of the day the health of patients and the service quality provided by nurses and doctors. According to utilitarianism a sub branch of theological theories what really what really counts is the good of the greatest number of individuals. In our situation the utilization of robots in medical field could allow nurses in the public sector to focus primarily on new patients and patients who really need a nurse assistance. Medical robotic assistance could also have the effect of lowering medical costs linked to the assistance of a nurse and also lower the risk of errors that are often human origins.

I think the utilization of robotic technology in the medical sector is an ordinary evolutionary event such as the utilization of computers outside professional area.

Sources:

(1) "Le Québec Compte 8,3 % De plus D'infirmières Et D'infirmiers Qu'il Y a Dix Ans." Bulletin Infostats. Infostats. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(2) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(3) Anderson, Kerby. "Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number." Probe Ministries. 27 May 2004. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Reply to: Human Robots
4 years 1 week ago

Can we really say that robots of tomorrow will replace human in the medical field? February 2014, the province of Quebec account 8.3% more nurse then ten years and there is still a shortage.

Let’s face it, robot and artificial intelligence technology are cool and the main reason why we still use robot is to perform repetitive tasks of everyday life while ensuring a certain level of quality. There is significantly more and more patients, there is a real need for this technology and the use technology also ensures to have a better work quality and services. However the implementation of such technology in a hospital environment where each patient have specific problems it’s really a desirable thing? The use of this technology confronts us to a new kind of moral dilemma and force us to ask the question: is it morally correct to use robots with artificial intelligence to perform tasks where human life is concerned? In order to find the best approach to resolve this dilemma teleological ethics will be applied.

I think we all agree that robot or not what really matters at the end of the day the health of patients and the service quality provided by nurses and doctors. According to utilitarianism a sub branch of theological theories what really what really counts is the good of the greatest number of individuals. In our situation the utilization of robots in medical field could allow nurses in the public sector to focus primarily on new patients and patients who really need a nurse assistance. Medical robotic assistance could also have the effect of lowering medical costs linked to the assistance of a nurse and also lower the risk of errors that are often human origins.

I think the utilization of robotic technology in the medical sector is an ordinary evolutionary event such as the utilization of computers outside professional area.

Sources:

(1) "Le Québec Compte 8,3 % De plus D'infirmières Et D'infirmiers Qu'il Y a Dix Ans." Bulletin Infostats. Infostats. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(2) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(3) Anderson, Kerby. "Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number." Probe Ministries. 27 May 2004. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Reply to: Human Robots
4 years 1 week ago

Can we really say that robots of tomorrow will replace human in the medical field? February 2014, the province of Quebec account 8.3% more nurse then ten years and there is still a shortage.
Let’s face it, robot and artificial intelligence technology are cool and the main reason why we still use robot is to perform repetitive tasks of everyday life while ensuring a certain level of quality. There is significantly more and more patients, there is a real need for this technology and the use technology also ensures to have a better work quality and services. However the implementation of such technology in a hospital environment where each patient have specific problems it’s really a desirable thing? The use of this technology confronts us to a new kind of moral dilemma and force us to ask the question: is it morally correct to use robots with artificial intelligence to perform tasks where human life is concerned? In order to find the best approach to resolve this dilemma teleological ethics will be applied.

I think we all agree that robot or not what really matters at the end of the day the health of patients and the service quality provided by nurses and doctors. According to utilitarianism a sub branch of theological theories what really what really counts is the good of the greatest number of individuals. In our situation the utilization of robots in medical field could allow nurses in the public sector to focus primarily on new patients and patients who really need a nurse assistance. Medical robotic assistance could also have the effect of lowering medical costs linked to the assistance of a nurse and also lower the risk of errors that are often human origins.

I think the utilization of robotic technology in the medical sector is an ordinary evolutionary event such as the utilization of computers outside professional area.

Sources:

(1) "Le Québec Compte 8,3 % De plus D'infirmières Et D'infirmiers Qu'il Y a Dix Ans." Bulletin Infostats. Infostats. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(2) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(3) Anderson, Kerby. "Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number." Probe Ministries. 27 May 2004. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Reply to: Human Robots
4 years 1 week ago

Can we really say that robots of tomorrow will replace human in the medical field? February 2014, the province of Quebec account 8.3% more nurse then ten years and there is still a shortage.
Let’s face it, robot and artificial intelligence technology are cool and the main reason why we still use robot is to perform repetitive tasks of everyday life while ensuring a certain level of quality. There is significantly more and more patients, there is a real need for this technology and the use technology also ensures to have a better work quality and services. However the implementation of such technology in a hospital environment where each patient have specific problems it’s really a desirable thing? The use of this technology confronts us to a new kind of moral dilemma and force us to ask the question: is it morally correct to use robots with artificial intelligence to perform tasks where human life is concerned? In order to find the best approach to resolve this dilemma teleological ethics will be applied.

I think we all agree that robot or not what really matters at the end of the day the health of patients and the service quality provided by nurses and doctors. According to utilitarianism a sub branch of theological theories what really what really counts is the good of the greatest number of individuals. In our situation the utilization of robots in medical field could allow nurses in the public sector to focus primarily on new patients and patients who really need a nurse assistance. Medical robotic assistance could also have the effect of lowering medical costs linked to the assistance of a nurse and also lower the risk of errors that are often human origins.

I think the utilization of robotic technology in the medical sector is an ordinary evolutionary event such as the utilization of computers outside professional area.

Sources:

(1) "Le Québec Compte 8,3 % De plus D'infirmières Et D'infirmiers Qu'il Y a Dix Ans." Bulletin Infostats. Infostats. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(2) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

(3) Anderson, Kerby. "Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number." Probe Ministries. 27 May 2004. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

4 years 1 week ago

This is a very interesting and informative topic,
i support some points of view of your essay as the fact of PETA ( people for the ethical treatment of animals )a nonprofit organization, that maybe is not doing a proper advertisement and it may cause some misinformation and creates a conflictive debate between being vegan or not, therefore i believe that PETA focus on the outcome of this campaign which aim to make people feel guilty if they consume meat or use fur, and try to get as much people as possible to switch to a vegan diet plan.
PETA advertisement tend to use a teleology system which means that they do not focus on the action but on the result of the action only, even though its advertisement is very violent and "obscene to certain people" and is not very educative for children as I mention above.
one idea that i would suggest is that maybe PETA should be more focused in how to get the information to the public since they main idea could be beneficial and educative for some people, ( the deontology systems which focus on doing a good action) moreover let people to choose to go vegan or not since both are legally acceptable in this country and every part of this world. Also i would like to support the solution that you provided is very friendly, informative and straight to the point.
Thank you.

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