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Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron? / Edition 1

Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron? / Edition 1

by Robert E. Denton Jr.Robert E. Denton Jr.


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This essay collection examines ethical concerns related to the traditional areas of political communication, including campaigns, media, discourse, and advertising, as well as new technologies, including the Internet. In total, the collection provides one of the few volumes to examine political ethics from an academic perspective rather than from a moralistic or rule orientation.

Bruce Gronbeck provides an assessment of presidential campaigns, arguing that ethical judgments of citizens are based on candidates' actions and motives, character, and competence. Ronald Lee explores the ethics of campaign discourse, and he charts the relationship between presidential candidates' projection of civic virtue and the political arrangements that dictate the course of the campaign itself. Steven Goldzwig and Patricia Sullivan examine what happens to discourse when the divide between the haves and have-nots translates into a local community disconnected from virtual politics. The nature, types, and impact of the growing use of hate speech in contemporary politics is explored by Rita Whillock, while Robert Denton investigates television as an instrument of governing and its impact on the nature of democracy. Gary Woodward looks at the ethics of political journalism, and Lynda Lee Kaid analyzes the ethical issues raised by political advertising in all forms. Clifford Jones looks at the impact of campaign finance rules on campaign communication strategy; Gary Selnow explores the ethics of politics on the Internet; and Robert Denton concludes by examining the relationship between constitutional authority and public morality. An important text for students as well as scholars investigating contemporary American politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275964832
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2000
Series: Series in Political Communication
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)

About the Author

ROBERT E. DENTON, JR. holds the W. Thomas Rice Chair of Leadership Studies and serves as Director of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Center for Leader Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is author, coauthor, or editor of eleven books. Recent works include The Clinton Presidency: Images, Issues, and Communication Strategies (with Rachael Holloway), The 1996 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective and Political Communication in America (with Gary Woodward).

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


The Ethical Performances of Candidates in American Presidential Campaign Dramas by Bruce E. Gronbeck

Images, Issues, and Political Structure: A Framework for Judging the Ethics of Campaign Discourse by Ronald Lee

Electronic Democracy, Virtual Politics, and Local Communities by Steven R. Goldzwig and Patricia Sullivan

Ethical Considerations of Civil Discourse: The Implications of the Rise of "Hate Speech" by Rita Kirk Whillock

Dangers of "Teledemocracy": How the Medium of Television Undermines American Democracy by Robert E. Denton, Jr.

Narrative Form and the Deceptions of Modern Journalism by Gary C. Woodward

Ethics and Political Advertising by Lynda Lee Kaid

Soft Money and Hard Choices: The Influence of Campaign Finance Rules on Campaign Communication Strategy by Clifford A. Jones

Internet Ethics by Gary W. Selnow

Epilogue: Constitutional Authority, Public Morality and Politics by Robert E. Denton, Jr.



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