In a world of increasing polarisation and demonisation, the media have a powerful role to play. They can reinforce or they can challenge that polarisation. The book proposes that we should think of the global media as a mediapolis, a single space of political and social communication, in which the basis for the relationships between neighbours and strangers can be either constructed or destroyed. The mediapolis is a moral space, a space of hospitality, responsibility, obligation and judgement. And questioning its present and future requires attention to issues of media justice, media literacy and media regulation.
Media and Morality is essential reading for all students and scholars of the media but will be of equal fascination to anyone interested in the workings of our modern world.
Preface and Acknowledgements vi
1 Morality and Media 1
2 Mediapolis or the Space of Appearance 25
3 The Rhetoric of Evil 56
4 Contrapuntal Cultures 80
5 The Mediapolis and Everyday Life 106
6 Hospitality and Justice 136
7 Regulation and Literacy 162