Digital media ethics and museum communication

Authored by: Jenny Kidd

The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138676305
eBook ISBN: 9781315560168
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This chapter explores the emerging field of digital museum ethics scholarship and uses a number of analytical examples to suggest four issues that museum professionals working in and with the digital should be aware of. These are: user contributions and debates about how to value them; risk and its management; playing with the truth; and power and its negotiation. The chapter demonstrates that the appraisal of ethical issues within the digital environment is fast becoming an institutional and personal/professional priority, intersecting with debates that are currently underway about museums’ relevance and responsibilities.

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