On Thursday, April 9, the WVU Department of Philosophy is hosting its annual Applied Ethics Day. This year’s topic is of particular interest to College of Media students: “Global Media Ethics and the National Interest” by Stephen Ward, an internationally recognized media ethicist. The talk is scheduled at 8:00 PM in 209 Armstrong Hall.
ABOUT THE TALK:
This talk explains how an emerging digital, global ethics provides a new framework for understanding difficult issues concerning journalism and the national interest. The issues range from media freedom in an era of heightened security and the promotion of national interests abroad to citizen “hackers” posting intelligence documents.
I argue that this globally minded media ethics favors media freedom and the revelation of embarrassing documents on a global scale, while locally it opposes ensnaring journalists such as James Risen in the justice system. But this ethics adopts these positions in a nuanced manner, allowing for key exceptions and for counter-balancing reasons to be heard. Moreover, global media ethics employs a different set of reasons. It appeals to global principles that can override nation-based values found in the pre-digital media ethics of the previous century.