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Controversial Issues in Entertainment Paper
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Controversial issues in entertainment "Give me lust, baby Flash Give me malice. Flash Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism" Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters Introduction: Entertainment programming comprises of a major chunk of the mass media today.
Since discussions on such topics are open to public the questions regarding its ethicality are disputable. According to Kuypers (2002) “Controversial issues are news, and for news we look to the press." (p. 1). This essay aims to discuss the various issues and debates surrounding the coverage of controversial issues / news by the media. For the purpose of this study, the recent highly dramatic photo of a subway train bearing down on a man who was pushed off the platform, published by the New York Post on front page is used. The highly graphic depiction sparked widespread debates and criticisms condemning the unethical publication of the image, the misuse of the freedom of press, and insulting the dignity of humanity. Nature of controversy: On December 4, 2012 The New York Post published a photo on its front page, sensationally titled "Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die. DOOMED" (See Appendix Fig. 1) Immediate after the sensational publication of the disturbing image by the newspaper, wide-ranging debates and criticisms surrounding the ethics in photojournalism and dignity of humanity began pouring in from all quarters of the society. The criticisms mainly questioned the photographer's choice of action in the face of adversity. ...
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