Modernizing defamation protections for the digital age will require revisiting Times vs. Sullivan’s burden of proof, which is imposed on the very people most likely to be libeled; and obligating social media companies to police their operations to minimize reputational damage.
Horror films often portray violence and victimization, which raises ethical problems around what gets treated as entertainment. However, there might also be potential social benefits when these narratives invite serious reflection on social norms and practices.
Given that reporting on climate change has had limited effect on public opinion, what can journalists improve to better inform their audiences? Must journalists reimagine the concepts of balance, objectivity, and fairness in environmental reporting?
Smartphone geo-tracking is typically harnessed for advertising purposes, but it can also be used by law enforcement to surveil. Is this practice an invasion of privacy or does it make society safer?
TikTok posters have uploaded video of themselves acting as if they are getting arrested. Critics charge that the videos are romanticizing arrest and trivializing police brutality. At what point does online content go beyond the merely offensive, such that platforms have an ethical obligation to curtail it?