Global Media and Information Ethics: Challenges Re-Examined

Global Media and Information Ethics: Challenges Re-Examined

D. Ndirangu Wachanga (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-037-2.ch004
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Any meaningful debate on global media and information ethics is burdened with the complexity of dissecting various disjunctive dynamics that characterize the complexity of emerging global relationships. The authors argue that the emerging global phenomenon problematizes the Cartesian plane of oppositions – center vs. periphery, North vs. South, global vs. local, which has been the forte of globalization studies until recently. It is against this background that the authors seek to examine challenges of having a global information and media ethics. The authors will pay attention to the antagonistic mechanics informing the domination and rejection of intangible ethical principles. In this discussion, they will be guided, partly, by Alleyne’s (2009, p. 384) postulation on the need to pay attention to “changes in state power, the relationship between the market and the state, and modifications in the ideological assumptions about the optimum form of world order.”
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Media Ethics And Globalization

The foundation of abstract principles, at least in media and information ethics, emphasizes the centrality of individual autonomy. It is laced with freedom as its dominant motif, a prevailance of “the cult of human personality in all its freedom” (Christians, Ferrè, & Fackler, 1993, p. 21). It is a foundation whose building blocks are mostly borrowed from the Enlightenment vocabulary, part of it emanating from the Renaissance, consisting of terms such as human and individual rights, freedom, justice, democracy, sovereignty, unrestrained speech, unbridled “marketplace of ideas.” Upon this lexicon is a predicate for a Euro-American grand narrative, which was globally assumed to exhibit internal coherence in the way it tied representation and the public sphere.

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