Martina Pavlikova: Toward a Digital Media Ethics

Martina Pavlikova
Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

This presentation identifies some points to consider for developing a digital media ethics: Who is a journalist? Is it somebody who represents anonymity, good taste, and common decency? The internet and digital media have become means of sharing knowledge around the world, building connections between politics, economics, and culture. They can do so instantly and interactively (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, blogs). At the same time this very tool is also a means of bringing into the homes and lives of people disturbing images, fake news, and misinformation in the name of ideology, national security, and advertisement for a consumer driven society. Additionally, amateur and professional journalists engaged in blogging and tweeting indicate that we are moving toward a form of mixed media journalism. This means creating new guidelines pertaining to amateurs and professionals, for reporting and advertising instantly and interactively. What are the minimum ethical principles that might safeguard against fraudulent reporting and what examples of hard cases might test these principles?

co-sponsored by Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity

Mon, Aug 28, 2017
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Rm 200, Larkin Building