Photojournalism Ethics

A 21st-Century Primal Dance of Behavior, Technology, and Ideology

Authored by: Julianne H. Newton

The Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138681323
eBook ISBN: 9781315545929
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This chapter explores photojournalism’s role in the normative dialectic of communicating and living by addressing three aspects of seeing: behaviors, technologies, and ideologies. Grounded in the history of visual ways of knowing, the chapter locates visual reportage within an ecology of visual ethics, the dynamic continuum of process and meaning through which humans perceive, remember, create, disseminate, and use visual stimuli. The doing and viewing of visual reportage, whether by professional journalists, mindful citizens or artificial intelligence, are core to determining what we understand about the world in which we live—and how we live.

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