David Berry (ed.) (2000). Ethics and Media Culture: Practices and Representations. (Oxford, U.K. & Woburn, MA: Focal Press). xix + 350 pp. ISBN 0-240-51603-8. $34.99 (paper). Chapter endnotes & references, index.
This is another book with a British orientation, and is designed for the advanced student or scholar in the U.K. and elsewhere. Accordingly, it presents a number of ideas that may be unfamiliar to the U.S. audience, and with specialist language that may present difficulties. Even when entering an applied field such as political communication, it goes far past the "here are the traditional rules of the game" discussion that is too often dusted off and used at election time in a number of countries.
The chapters include: "Radical mass media criticism: elements of a history from Kraus to Bourdieu" by John Theobald; "Trust in media practices: towards cultural development" by Berry; "Enframing/revealing: on the question of ethics and differences in technologies of mediation" by Joost van Loon; "The 'fourth estate' and moral responsibilities" by Andrew Edgar; "Reproducing consciousness: what is Indonesia?" by Carol Davis and Nick Rayner; "The manufacture of news-fast moving consumer goods production, or public service?" by Michael Bromley; "'If it bleeds, it leads': ethical questions about popular journalism" by Cynthia Carter and Stuart Allan; "New Labour, New Britain: Campaign politics and the ethics of spin" by Stephen Haywood; "Parody, pastiche or purloining? The uses and abuses of artistic imagery in media representations" by Sandra Miller; "'Shock': the value of emotion" by Jason Barker; "Cyber-ethics: regulation and privatisation" by Paul Walton; "'Sweet sell of sexcess': the production of young women's magazines and readerships in the 1990s" by Anna Gough-Yates; "A social drama: media violence controversies and anti-violence campaign groups" by Annette Hill; "Consuming interests in a culture of secrecy: by Miranda Basner; "And the consequence was...Dealing with the human impact of unethical journalism" by Mike Jempson; "A degree of uncertainty: aspects of the debate over the regulation of the press in the U. K. since 1945" by Tom O'Malley; "Codes and cultures" by Philip Dring and, bringing the book up to date, "Media ethics at the sharp end" by Bill Norris.
The above article was published in Media Ethics , Fall 2003 (15:1), p. 50.