The Ethics of Speaking Out
Communication and Journalism
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media ethics, celebrity culture, free expression
This chapter explores the ethical issues associated with celebrities speaking out on social and political issues. It begins with three recent case studies, moves to a discussion of whether speaking out can be considered either universally justifiable or universally unjustifiable, and then presents a four-part test for determining the ethical justifiability of speaking out.
Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality