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Comm Ethics Term Paper



  1. Pick a medium of communication. A medium of communication, broadly defined, is a system/process that enables people to communicate with one another. This includes mass media like television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. It also includes art media like oil paintings and films, correspondence media, like letters and memos, telephonic media like cell phones, family radio, and intercoms, and propinquitous media like face-to-face interaction, intimacy, classes, and live speeches. Here are several lists of media:
  2. Having selected a medium, do the following:

I have not found that the research literature is terribly helpful in identifying the roles that are normally associated with specific media, but that there is usually copious information about specific roles within specific media. I have, however, collected a variety of resources that identify various roles associated with different media:

You will have to decide what roles are associated with the media you select. I will be happy to help, of course. The interesting part of the paper is associating the roles with specific ethical responsibilities. This is the part you have to think about, and which I expect your references will be most strongly oriented to.

If you want to get a more accessible introduction to the theory of media this assignment is loosely rooted in, you might check out

Note that I will consider alternative paper proposals on a case-by-case basis. I am open to having you do something different if you have a strong interest in a particular communications ethics related topic.

General Expectations:

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