The future of media ethics is “radical”

Today, the U.K.-based journal, Digital Journalism, published online my article, “Radical Media Ethics: Ethics for a Global Digital World,” which is accessible at

The article is my overview of the state and future of media and journalism ethics (the two terms now merge). I assess the impact of the digital media revolution. I argue that the impact is so far-reaching that a fundamental re-thinking of media ethics is necessary. We need to re-construct and invent ethical aims and guidelines for a journalism that is now global and far beyond the confines of professional newsrooms. We need an ethics “for everyone” now that citizens participate in journalism and media creation. I describe the main features of the emerging digital media ethics, with its stress on interpretation, global aims, and advocacy. I conclude by promoting the idea of “media ethics as activism.”