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A Few Media Commandments - Term Papers

A Few Media Commandments


SSC3723
Applied Ethics
Submitted to: Waldemar Hanasz
The First Amendment of the Constitution states that, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press”. It is precisely this lack of governmental control that allows for misuse of this freedom. As a result the media needs to police its own actions in accordance with morals and ethics. Four regions where current media practices are wrong are addressed.

THOU SHALL NOT PROMOTE ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR OR PRODUCTS

An area of concern where the media goes overboard is that of using cartoon characters to sell products. A classic example of this is the Joe Camel Cigarette ads in magazines and on billboards. These ads are ...

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refused to inform the public. Magazines, newspapers and billboard owners should be held accountable for promoting these types of products and are just as guilty as the cigarette manufactures themselves.

THOU SHALL NOT PROBE INTO PEOPLE’S PRIVATE LIVES

Another region where the media needs to be much less involved is in that of people’s private lives. Take for instance the Clinton sex scandal. This is clearly a personal matter between him and his wife, not that of the President and the public’s right to know his every action. A further issue involving lack of privacy is that of the Princess Diana car crash that took her life. It was the ruthless pursuit of this individual that led to this tragic end. The British Press never allowed her a single minute of peace after her and Prince Charles were married. Where does freedom of the press cross that of our individual right of privacy?

THOU SHALL PRINT THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

What about printing the truth? Magazines like ...

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Added: 5/5/2008 04:05:08 AM
Category: Legal Issues
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