Higher Education

Ethics and Values in the Information Age, 1st Edition

  • Joel Rudinow Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Anthony Graybosch California State University, Chico
  • ISBN-10: 0155079565  |  ISBN-13: 9780155079564
  • 483 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $91.50



In this timely volume, Joel Rudinow and Anthony Graybosch have gathered together a set of readings that bridge the perceived gap between industrial age information systems--journalism and the mass media--and those emerging in the digital age of computers and networks. You'll find incisive essays in applied ethics from such writers as Ben Bagdikian, Sissela Bok, Noam Chomsky, the Dalai Lama, Nat Hentoff, Bill Joy, Sherry Turkle, and Catharine MacKinnon. Explore such contemporary issues as: professional ethics in the news, entertainment, and advertising; the ethics of popular mass media; information subterfuge and security; electronic privacy; Napster and intellectual property; personal identity and community in the age of virtual reality.

Table of Contents

1. Ethics "Informationalized": From Walden to DotComGuy.
The Cult of Information. Theodore Roszak, "In Defense of the Naked Mind." Case Study: Amateur Cyber-Porn. Case Study: This Coke''s for George. Case Study: Don''t Ask, Don''t Tell. The New Information Ethics. Richard T. De George, "Business Ethics and the Information Age." Case Study: RealJukeBox. Case Study: A Reliable Source? Exercise. Toward a Global Information Ethic. Elizabeth A. Buchanan, "Information Ethics in a World-Wide Context." Case Study: The Digital Divide. Case Study: Democracy and Technology. Suggested Readings.
2. Media Values I: Freedom and Information.
Introduction. Freedom of Speech. Nat Hentoff, "Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee." Case Study: Student Newspaper Runs Offensive Editorial Cartoon. Limiting the Freedom of Speech. Catharine A. MacKinnon, "Equality and Speech." Case Study: The Santa Rosa Junior College SOLO Case. Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace. Leslie Regan Shade, "The Santa Rosa Case." Case Study: Gender Equity. Case Study: Industry Self-Regulation. Case Study: Mediation Review. Case Study: The Communications Decency Act. Case Study: Suicide.net. Suggested Readings.
3. Media Values II: Assessing Media Performance.
Introduction. How Media Ownership Affects Press Performance. Ben H. Bagdikian, "The Political Economy of the Mass Media." Case Study: Media Watch Groups. Case Study: Industry Self-Assessment. Case Study: Public Broadcasting. Case Study: Pacifica Radio. The Press and "Public Relations." Walter Lippmann, "The Truth, Public Opinion, and the Nature of News." Exercises. The Free Press and Propaganda. Noam Chomsky, "1984: Orwell''s and Ours." Case Study: Project Censored. Case Study: Elian Gonzalez. Exercise. Suggested Readings.
4. Ethics and Advertising.
Introduction. The Subtext of Advertising. Leslie Savan, "The Bribed Soul." Exercise: Decoding Adspeak. Advertising and Free Market Economics. Alan Goldman, "The Justification of Advertising in a Market Economy." Case Study: PentaCom. Case Study: NetZero. Advertising in the Public Sphere: Are there Limits? Joel Rudinow, "Whittling Away at Education." Case Study: ZapMe! Suggested Readings.
5. Ethics and Entertainment I: Humor and Comedy.
Introduction. The Ethics of Slapstick Comedy. Robert C. Solomon, "Are the Three Stooges Funny? Soitainly! (or When Is It OK to Laugh?)" Case Study: Cartoon Culture. Case Study: Cartoon Violence. Ethics of Sexist Humor. Merrie Bergmann, "How Many Feminists Does It Take to Make a Joke?" Case Study: Lenny Bruce and "the N-Word." Humor and Bad Taste. Ted Cohen, "Taste, Morality, and the Propriety of Joking." Exercise: Three-Minute Standup, with Six Rules of Thumb, an "Etiquette for Jokers." Suggested Readings.
6. Ethics and Entertainment II: Sex and Violence.
Introduction. Pornography and Liberalism. Joel Feinberg, "Pornography and the Criminal Law." Case Study: The Child Pornography Prevention Act and "Virtual Child Pornography." Exercise. Crimes of Violence and Mass Media Coverage. Clayton Cramer, "Ethical Problems of Mass Murder Coverage in the Mass Media." Case Study: Violence in Sports. Violence and Misogyny in Rap Music. Crispin Sartwell, "Rap Music and the Uses of Stereotype." Case Study: What is Violence? Case Study: False Prophets. Suggested Readings.
7. Information Access I: Privacy.
Introduction. Privacy in the Information Age. James Moor, "Toward a Theory of Privacy in the Information Age." Case Study: Monitoring Employee E-mail. Case Study: Oops. E-Mail Privacy. Richard A. Spinello, "Electronic Mail and Panoptic Power in the Workplace." Case Study: A University E-Mail Policy. Exercises. Suggested Readings.
8. Information Access II: Secrecy and Confidentiality.
Introduction. The Concept of Secrecy. Sissela Bok, "Defining Secrecy�Some Crucial Distinctions." Case Study: Whistleblowing: The Pentagon Papers. Exercises. Cryptography and the National Security Agency. John Perry Barlow, "Decrypting the Puzzle Palace." Case Study: Balancing Law Enforcement and Civil Liberties. Trust and Confidentiality in Journalism. Stephen Klaidman and Tom Beauchamp, "Trust, Trustworthiness, and the Relationship between Journalists and Sources." Case Study: Confidentiality. Case Study: The Private Lives of Public Figures. Suggested Reading.
9. Information Access III: Intellectual Property.
Introduction. Property Rights and Computer Software. Deborah C. Johnson, "Intellectual Property Rights and Computer Software." Case Study: What''s Gnu? Case Study: Richard Stallman and the Free Software Movement. The Romantic Author. James Boyle, "Authors Are Special." Case Study: The No Electronic Theft Act. Case Study: Online Tape Trading and the RIAA. Case Study: Moore v. Regents. Intellectual Property and Popular Culture. Anthony Graybosch, "Napster: Spreading the Music" Case Study: John Lennon Collectibles. Case Study: Napster and SOLO. Suggested Readings.
10. Information Access IV: Security.
Introduction. Information Warfare. United States Navy, "Information Warfare�Capabilities for the New Millennium." Case Study: Cyberterrorism, NATO and Serbia. Case Study: Radio Free Bosnia. Exercises. Just War Theory and Information. John Arquilla, "Can Information Warfare Ever Be Just?" Case Study: Hacking into the Space Program. Case Study: The I Love You Virus. Case Study: Economic Cyberwar. Cyber Civil Disobedience. Anthony Graybosch, "Computer Assisted Civil Disobedience." Case Study: Crashing the White House Server. Exercises. Suggested Readings.
11. Information Technology, Everyday Life, and the Future of Human Civilization.
Introduction. Redesigning Ourselves. Sherry Turkle, "Life on the Screen." Case Study: Virtual Rape. Case Study: Carnivore. Ethics and the New Millennium. The Dalai Lama, "Ethics for a New Millennium." Exercises. Our Wired Future. Bill Joy, "Why the Future Doesn''t Need Us." Exercises. The Long Now. Stewart Brand, "The Long Now." Exercises. Suggested Readings.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joel Rudinow

Joel Rudinow received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Western Ontario, Dartmouth College, and Sonoma State University. He is currently Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Santa Rosa Junior College and co-author of ETHICS AND VALUES IN THE INFORMATION AGE.