Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics

Irving Kristol once said something to the effect that there are no ethical problems that a Great Depression wouldn't cure...

Not many people are aware as much as Margo Kingston that taking a stand is not without its cost. But as Arundhati Roy has said: ‘A thing, once seen, cannot be unseen, and when you have seen a great moral crime, to remain silent is as much a political act as is to speak against it.’

Most media groups are extremely loathe to print corrections. They're by nature defensive, partly because they don't want to undermine confidence in them, partly because there's effectively no accountability for their breach, and partly because they fear getting bogged down with complaints from relentlessly partisan players. Who do you complain to? What's the process for resolution? Suggest setting up and publicising a process for accountability, and everyone runs a mile. Apart from defamation law, we're not used to accountability, and we don't like it... Ethics and the new media

PS: Stephen Smith of Webdiary fame writes: If New Orleans is starting to look like a Third World landscape, it is because this IS a strip of the Third World in America’s own backyard Is New Orleans the beginning of the end of the war in Iraq?

James Cherkoff on how 'citizen hacks' are challenging the might of corporations the world over You, too, can become a global broadcaster