The selected funny tweets for today as the following
So, today I post is more related to ethics. We use twitter as one kind of media platform when Twitter is a good platform for making announcement or breaking news. However, we all have different ethics or moral standard. Do we have a common or moral standard of what people post online or show on TV?
Crazy Media and Ethics
So, what makes me to consider the ethics in current use of media is because of the TV media posting a very disturbing news online and on social media.
I watched the news regarding Islam terrorists beheading a British soldier in South London. This sounds disturbing already. Yet, the media, iTV, posted one minute video interview of one of the suspects with bloody hands and weapons. At worst, you could see the dead body lying down in the middle of the street in the video. Whoa. Is it really what we, as the audience, want to see from the TV news?
It is true that we want to know what is really happening. On the other hand, we do not want to see the bloody disgusting suspects with bloody on his hands. There is a standard in ethics, or a normal standard that we can accept. So, what can our standard be? It is quite subjective. Different individuals have different moral values and standards in ethics. Person X can accept gay marriage yet person Y can dislike it because they have different stand points of views.
However, for a reasonable person, we clearly do not want to see a body
without its head lying in the middle of street on TV. Or, we do not want to see a guy who has bloody hands. Or, we simply do not want to see the whole crime scene at all. This is our normal standard, as reasonable persons claim. For the ethical standard, we ought not think or feel that it is right to see bloody graphic contents showing on our TV screen because that can cause us sick, negative, or any bad side effects. Also if we have children, what are we going to tell them when they see this happening? Are we going to tell them “this soldier lying in the middle of the street has no head anymore?”
As different people have different standards in ethics, TV Media might hold the realist’s view and might say that they have to report what exactly they have seen in the scene. They have certain values and rules to follow for news reporting. “What you see is exactly what we have record, and we are honest of the news.”
Indeed, media has certain ethical rules and values to follow, but I believe that the values and rules are relative to the events. In other words, I do not believe they are fixed. When TV reporters approach to such events, it is true that they have to be honest and report what they have seen. However, they also have the rights and standard to select what they should not show on TV for the audience. It is not all audiences who can accept the bloody graphic contents on the television, such as children, elderly, or even adults. (Come on, the news is about terrorists killed someone on street. It sounds scary already.)