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Ethics in Communication, Nov. 1

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Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2TT3
Professor
V Igneski
Semester
Fall

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November 1 The Understanding of Truth Changes Over Time: - Ancient Greece: what we remember through song and poetry – oral truth - Plato: what is true is somehow linked to rationality and intellect, not knowable by experience (allegory of the cave exemplifies the fallacies of experience when it comes to knowing truth). - Medieval Times: what God or the King says - Enlightenment: what is verifiable, replicable, universal – cast in secular terms, corresponding to external facts. The basis of the ideal of objectivity in journalism. - Pragmatism: depends on individual perception and context. Standard of Objectivity in the Early 1900s - Press becomes less partisan to appeal to broader audience and advertisers o Because support is gained through political advertising - Reaction to the 1890s “yellow journalism” which used sensationalism and fabrication to increase circulation o Opinion relegated to specific pages, fact to others. - Philosophical foundations in Enlightenment view of truth Objectivity Challenged: - Changing notion of truth – is there an objective truth?
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