Media ethics

A.A. 2021/2022
6
Crediti massimi
40
Ore totali
SSD
M-FIL/03
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the contemporary public debate on the ethical and political implications in the use of traditional and new media. Media ethics has in fact become a new area of applied ethics and has acquired a central role in philosophy, especially with the increase in number of platforms, their means, and the variety of arenas in which public discourse confronts new social problems. This course intends to offer a critical analysis of the instruments and the dynamics of the various forms of contemporary communication in order to identify possible restrictions, intrinsic values and normative indications. The course aims to illustrate how the target of all media (television, journalism, advertising, social networks, cinematic narrations, political and professional communications) is no longer a simple recipient of a message, as was often in past models of communication. The course will start with the rehabilitation of a normative conception of rhetoric, the one by which it is possible to make good reasons win over the wrong ones. Subsequently, the course will provide a historical reconstruction of the development of media, and this will be proposed in order to provide the students with the knowledge necessary to understand the evolution of these means of communication as a premise to their critical analysis. Each media will have its module, in which both theoretical explanations and practical examples will be offered. Finally, a monographic part will be dedicated to the relationship between media and the exercise of political power, starting from the first philosophical reflections on this topic (the School of Frankfurt, Existentialism and Foucault) to the more recent researches on web politics and its new conception of democracy. This course will provide and develop student competences coherently with the intention of training potential political consultants, who will be able to elaborate efficient social campaigns and informed communication strategies.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
At Understand the structural changes of the relationship between politics, society and communication in the new Millennium;
2)Recognize communication strategies in both traditional and new media;
3)Analyse one of the most important political arena of the contemporary world critically - both from a descriptive and a normative perspective;
4)Develop their understanding of media and improve their personal ability for critical judgment of the latter through practical exercises (i.e. proposals of social campaigns, rhetoric analysis of public discourses and different forms of narrations, etc.)
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Periodo
Secondo trimestre
The course will be held in person and simultaneously in streaming on Microsoft Teams
Programma
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the contemporary public debate on the ethical and political implications in the use of traditional and new media. Media ethics has in fact become a new area of applied ethics and has acquired a central role in philosophy, especially with the increase in number of platforms, their means, and the variety of arenas in which public discourse confronts new social problems. This course intends to offer a critical analysis of the instruments and the dynamics of the various forms of contemporary communication in order to identify possible restrictions, intrinsic values and normative indications.

Institutional part:
· Media ethics: an introduction
· Propaganda: origin and critics
· The main theories of mass communication
· The mass society (Nietzsche, Spengler, Ortega Y Gasset, Simmel)
· The mass society (School of Frankfurt, Benjamin)
· History and Critique of Public Opinion - seminar with Alessandro Volpe
· From the mass society to consumer society (Marcuse, Baudrillard, Debord)
· Media Studies and Marshall McLuhan

Monographic part: Democracy and capitalism in the digital era
· Big Data - seminar with Francesco Tava
· Democracy in the era of social media (Sunstein)
· Storytelling and populism
· The role of Fake News
· Surveillance and supremacy (Foucault, Bauman)
· Surveillance capitalism I (Zuboff)
· Surveillance capitalism II (Zuboff)
· Rethinking the freedom of speech I (Garton Ash)
· Rethinking the freedom of speech II (Garton Ash)
· Digital Solidarity: ethics in the era of platforms
· Students' presentations I
· Students' presentations II
Prerequisiti
There are no special prerequisites.
Metodi didattici
Front lessons and discussion.
Materiale di riferimento
· Adriano Fabris, Ethics of Information and Communication Technologies, Springer 2018.
· Cass Sunstein, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, Princeton University Press 2018.

In addition, choose one text between:
· Timothy Garton Ash, Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, Yale University Press 2016.
· Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Public Affairs 2018.
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Oral Exam. The evaluation will also include a class presentation at the end of the course on a specific topic.
Evaluation criteria:
1. Knowledge of the contents
2. Precision of language
3. Adequacy of exposition
4. Ability to re-elaborate
M-FIL/03 - FILOSOFIA MORALE - CFU: 6
Lezioni: 40 ore
Docente: Russo Maria