ERIC Number: ED228686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Ethics of Communication: There's Enough Blame to Go Around.
Andersen, Kenneth E.
The relationship of ethics to communication is a central issue in the discipline of comunication. Accepting the idea that the twin goals of communication are to maximize the freedom of the individual and maximize the quality of society, acceptance of responsibility becomes the first moral article in a code of communication ethics. Most often, textbooks point out that the responsibility for ethical practice falls largely upon the speaker, but this responsibility cannot be too heavy to bear. While also assigning responsibility to listeners, textbooks often neglect a theory of responsibility that covers all the various ways in which people communicate in the communication process, including their roles as members of society in general. In all communication practices, people negotiate the ethical code by which they live. Teachers and researchers in communication have special responsibilities to identify the inexorable relationship between communication and ethics and to bring to the attention of students as well as people generally the fact that their communication behavior is defining the way in which they live with each other. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Albuquerque, NM, February 19-22, 1983).