An upsurge of interest in applied ethics is apparent today throughout academia and society. The enlarging role of communication in all its forms (oral, written, nonverbal, pictorial), formats (interpersonal, public speaking, small group, organizational, intercultural, mass communication), and purposes (persuasive, informative, entertaining) demands a deeper than usual sensitivity to ethical considerations. Students and the general public look for thoughtful analyses and guidance in these areas. Because only a very few books in the communication field have been entirely devoted to ethics, I hope that this book fills the real need.
Ethical Issues in the Communication Process attempts to digest and synthesize the research, writing, and thinking on the subject without bogging down readers in many long footnotes. The References and Suggested Additional Readings at the end of the book give readers an idea of this book's many sources, and provide ample avenues for further exploration. Drawing from works in the humanities and social sciences, I have put the scholarly literature into nontechnical and familiar language. To avoid being time bound, I have used examples from contemporary life to illustrate discussion of other times, places, and people. I have tried to be as objective and fair as possible and encourage readers to think through the various issues for themselves. The book offers food for thought to help us conscientiously evaluate our everyday decisions in communicative transactions.
Ethical Issues is intended for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and general readers interested in this subject. This book offers a helpful overview of college and university students' communications studies and brings coherence and depth understanding of ethical issues. Although intended as the sole text for a course in speech communication ethics, Ethical Issues can supplement readings in other speech communication courses and in journalism and mass communication courses. Preprofessional students planning to become engineers, doctors, counselors, businesspeople, public servants, lawyers, as well as practicing professionals can also find the book relevant.
The introductory chapter focuses on overall considerations, and the second chapter contains a survey of the roots for ethical guidance on which human beings consciously or unconsciously draw, when making decisions in communication. Following chapters are devoted to ethical . . .