Category: Media Studies

Examined Life

DVD of eight philosophers giving separate ten minute monologues on what a meaningful life is. Cornel West on truth, failure and meaninglessness. Avital Ronell on meaning, ethical anxiety, and responsibility for the other. Peter Singer on how we spend money, using animals, the rise of applied ethics, and failing to help. Kwame Anthony Appiah on […]

Introducing Aesthetics

This book introduces some of the main issues in aesthetics. It focuses on ideas and thinkers; it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this boo replete with illustrations reasonably engaging. One of its strengths is that it illustrates the wide range of philosophical debates into which aesthetics injects itself. The book […]

Journalism Ethics Case Studies

Journalism goes to the movies is a useful book containing ethical case studies illustrated by popular films. The book raises a variety of ethical issues faced by journalists, including privacy, conflict of of interest, reporter and source relationships, and the role of journalists in their communities. In the word document attached, are the two cases […]

Philosophy for Teens

Title: Philosophy for Teens: Ideas and Ideals Editors: Grispino, Joseph A. Publisher: Third Millennium Publishing Date: 2005 ISBN: 1-932657-38-X NOTES: Philosophy for Teens was written for American high school students. It can be used either directly by students or as a guide for teachers. Although some of the references are uniquely American (e.g. republican/democrat, civics […]

Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series

Series Title: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series Series Editor: Irwin, William. Publisher: Blackwell The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, according to its editor, is designed to ‘get philosophy out of the ivory tower by publishing books about smart popular culture for serious fans. With each volume in this series we seek to teach […]


John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, chapter two, argues that we should never censor ideas, either true or false. This is a complex section and will require teaching assistance for older students to understand the language Mill uses, but the ideas are simple to understand and consider further.

Media Ethics censorship

What is appropriate to say on television? Below are links to two videos of Paul Henry, a controversial television presenter. The first is where Henry cannot pronounce the name of a person correctly and ends up in fits of laughter. The second, the more controversial, is the discussion with Prime Minister John Key, where Henry […]

Attack on Freedom of Speech NZ

Wiki news site describing why some critics have claimed the amendment to the Electorate Finance Act curbs our liberties to speech because individuals and groups of kiwis will face restrictions on what they can say for or against a political party. Is this an attack on freedom of speech?