Programming Ethics

In this chapter you will learn about the following:

•  Ethical dilemmas regularly faced by television, radio, and Internet programmers

•  The thin line that separates a legal matter from an ethical one

•  How the blending of news with entertainment has made ethical debates increasingly complicated

•  Some “real life” case studies that reflect the complexities associated with programming ethics

•  Guidelines instituted to address programming ethics

•  Student interest in a required course in ethics as preparation for future entertainment careers

The way the story goes, the devil appeared to a network executive one day and said, “I’m going to offer you a deal. For the upcoming season, I will arrange it so that you can ...

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