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ERIC Number: EJ1091589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 22
Exploring Ethics with Contemporary Communications
Webb, Joyce G.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2015 n2 2015
This paper addresses the way in which we should go about introducing ethics into the study of our interpersonal relations in the hope of formulating a foundation upon which to base our theories and analyze our behavior. We should ask ourselves whether there should be different criteria for interpersonal ethics than for ethics in other areas of communication. Is it possible to carry one consistent set of ethical standards into situations which are intrapersonal, interpersonal, or public in nature? Does our personal ethical criterion have to change when we cross business, political, or religious boundaries? Do we include ethics in our communication curriculum to the extent we should in order to create a basis for developing personal ethical standards? Are we incorporating ethics into the interpersonal relations classroom to the extent that such inclusion would affect our interpersonal communication and decision making? The answers to these questions will determine how well those who follow us in future generations learn to interact with each other and whether ethical priorities, guidelines, and boundaries will be developed. The extent to which we are able to incorporate ethical ideas, philosophies, and guidelines in connection to our interpersonal communication theories will influence and determine the strength of our relationships. This article explores the connection of ethics to interpersonal communication, and includes guidelines and considerations for approaching ethics in communication.
Descriptors: Ethics, Ethical Instruction, Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Criteria, Decision Making, Guidelines, Group Discussion, Discourse Analysis
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