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Ethics in Communication, Nov. 8

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2TT3
Professor
V Igneski
Semester
Fall

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November 8 Loyalty and the Potter Box *fox news’ tendency to present information to appear a certain way - Loyalty as an ethical principle: o “the willing and practical and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause” o A social act allowing people to form social contracts  We wouldn’t have a meaningful existence without loyalty o Can be learned, developed  Can be thought about as an ethical value, though not the sole value o Expression in friendship, family, organizations, country - Loyalty: some concerns... o Close bias/prejudice  Proves problematic when loyalty is to a negative force – gangs etc.  Not necessarily a neutral ethical value o Problems with how to prioritize competing loyalties  Problems in harmonizing with loyalties of others, o Doesn’t motivate in mass society o Is it ethical to be loyal to an unethical cause?  It needs to be a worthwhile cause?  Does it harmonize with the loyalties of others? - Loyalty and the Journalist o Loyalties: truth, freedom, open discussion, audience, sources, the bottom
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