Digital Ethics, Political Economy, and the Curriculum

This Changes Everything

Authored by: Luke Allan , Sefton-Green Julian , Graham Phil , Kellner Douglas , Ladwig James

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138206304
eBook ISBN: 9781315465258
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The ethics of human communications are a core issue in Western philosophy. From Plato to Dewey, from Du Bois to Freire, and from Habermas to Benhabib, the powers and abuses of speech and writing have been considered focal in debates around the nature of truth and reality, civility and justice. The institution of modern European/AngloAmerican schooling has evolved for five centuries as a regulative technology in large measure dedicated to the teaching and learning of speech and writing, image and print. The history of language and literacy education offers a further important lesson that the teaching and learning of communication by definition entails ethical and ideological constraints and conventions, however explicit or implicit these may be to learners.

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