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The Ethics of Media Criticism

The Media Ethics Initiative Presents:

Media Criticism in Turbulent Times: A Panel Discussion

April 25, 2018 ¦ Moody College of Communication ¦ University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Rod Hart / Communication Studies ¦ Dr. Trish Roberts-Miller / Rhetoric & Writing
Dr. Barry Brummett / Communication Studies ¦ Dr. Michael Butterworth / Communication Studies
Moderated by Dr. Scott Stroud / Communication Studies



Media Ethics and Virtual Reality

The Media Ethics Initiative Presents:

The Ethics of Virtual Reality

Dr. Donald Heider

Dean and Professor of Communication
Loyola University Chicago

April 10 ¦ Moody College of Communication ¦ University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Donald Heider is the Associate Provost for Strategy & Innovation and Founding Dean at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago and Founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy.  He is author, co-author, or editor of eight books including  two volumes of Ethics for a Digital Age, the latest of which is due out in 2018. Dr. Heider is a multiple Emmy-award winning producer who spent ten years in news before entering the academy. He earned his B.A. from Colorado State University, his M.A. from American University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.  He served previously as Associate Dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, Colorado, and University of Mississippi. Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism, UT Austin.

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Robots, Algorithms, and Digital Ethics

The Media Ethics Initiative Presents:

How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse

Dr. David J. Gunkel

Distinguished Teaching Professor ¦ Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University

April 3, 2018 ¦ Moody College of Communication ¦ University of Texas at Austin

Dr. David J. Gunkel is an award-winning educator, scholar and author, specializing in the study of information and communication technology with a focus on ethics. Formally educated in philosophy and media studies, his teaching and research synthesize the hype of high-technology with the rigor and insight of contemporary critical analysis. He is the author of over 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters and has published 7 books, including The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (MIT Press), Of Remixology: Ethics and Aesthetics after Remix (MIT Press), Heidegger and the Media (Polity), and Robot Rights (MIT Press). He is the managing editor and co-founder of the International Journal of Žižek Studies and co-editor of the Indiana University Press series in Digital Game Studies. He currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, and his teaching has been recognized with numerous awards.


The Real Ethics of Fake News

Did you miss the talk on “The Real Ethics of Fake News” by Dr. Scott R. Stroud (University of Texas at Austin), the Director of the Media Ethics Initiative? Check it out here–for real!


danah boyd on Digital Ethics

The Media Ethics Initiative Presents:

Hacking Big Data:

Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society

Dr. danah boyd

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research ¦ Founder of Data & Society Institute

March 6, 2018 ¦ Moody College of Communication ¦ University of Texas at Austin



Dr. danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” – examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley. This event was co-sponsored by the Global Media Industry Speaker Series.

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News Media and Democracy

Watch the Media Ethics Initiative talk by Dr. Talia Stroud (University of Texas at Austin) on “Engaging Newsrooms in the Digital Age!” Find out more about her research at the Center for Media Engagement.






Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Check out the first Media Ethics Initiative talk of the spring 2018 semester! Dr. Kate Pounders (University of Texas at Austin) explores how idealized images of women in the media affect viewers.


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