Digital Media & Ethics : Cases

Notes for discussion – ethics in digital/social media. PPT

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Who’s Responsible? Thinking About Florida’s Terry Jones

I’m late to this story. About two weeks ago, Jeff Bercovici indicted Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis and “citizen bloggers and crowdsourced reporting” in his take (Forbes Mixed Media) on the Terry Jones Koran-burning story. (I read it because one of my students Tweeted the link.) Bercovici wrote his column about two weeks after Jones lit a match in Gainesville, FL.

I’m so off-balance by the flaws in Bercovici’s arguments that I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll take them in chronological order.
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Making Sense Of The NewsCorp Phone Hacking Scandal

The British press are in an uproar this weekend over the just-won’t-die story about how News International (the U.K. subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corporation, hereafter referenced as NewsCorp) “journalists” at News of the World (NotW) “hack[ed] into the mobile phone records of celebrities and public figures.” It should be news when journalists are arrested for privacy violations.

In 2007, one NotW reporter, former royal editor Clive Goodman, and one private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, were convicted and jailed. But the story doesn’t end there.

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