Should we recognize AI, robots, and other seemingly intelligent artifacts as another socially significant entity with some claim on us, or are they nothing more than mere things? This essay compares standard methods for deciding questions of moral status with an alternative model, the relational turn, which shifts the emphasis from internal properties of the individual entity to extrinsic social circumstances and relationships.
When does the mixing of media--such as images and audio from disparate places--go beyond creativity into an ethically problematic distortion of reality? Remix theory invites us to think about the creation of such montages as a remix and to assess the ethics on those terms. Remix theory also invites new thinking about what it means to be a media professional serving the community.
Journalists covering violent or destructive events such as war and crime experience trauma which frequently goes unacknowledged by their institutions and colleagues. Likewise, traumatized interviewees can be further traumatized unless journalists practice due care. Media institutions and academia need to increase awareness around trauma and act ethically to reduce harm.
A powerful way to engage students in media ethics is requiring them to create a digital portfolio with a personal ethics code. Such a project showcases the application of moral principles while emphasizing digital prowess in preparation for internships and first jobs. The project can also play a major role in a department's assessment, placement, and accreditation efforts.
Artificially intelligent neural networks that generate images from phrases input by humans, such as DALL-E 2, present numerous ethical challenges. Among these are questions of confused ownership rights, the proliferation of deep fakes, and the reproduction of offensive stereotypes.
As journalists become the target of cancel culture, how do we evaluate questions of justice? Can a journalist make some mistakes that are "unforgivable"?
With new modern-day journalism accelerating deadlines but the processes of verification remaining slow, journalists can make mistakes when rushing stories to publication. What ethical values conflict in journalists’ desire to be the first to break a story?