Summary: Focusing on one historic episode per chapter,Ethics for Public Communicationis divided into three parts, each dedicated to one of the three major functions of the media within democratic societies: news, persuasion, and entertainment. Authors Clifford Christians, Mark Fackler, and John Ferr, three trusted scholars in the field, discuss media ethics from a communicative perspective, setting the book apart from other texts in the market that simply combine journalism with libertarian t ...show moreheory. Classic media ethics cases, like the publication of Rachel Carson's 1962 bookSilentSpring, are covered in tandem with such contemporary cases as the creation of Al-Jazeera English and the controversy surrounding Ice-T's protest song, ''Cop Killer.''
-A new ''communitarian'' approach to ethicsthat breaks from other texts in the discipline
-A focus on classic and current casesthat are culturally relevant today
-A thorough and comprehensive grounding in the theory of media ethics
-Longer and more universal case studies than those included in other texts, in order to provide more real-life, ethical dilemmas ...show less