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26. Theorizing over the Horizon: Ontology in the Global Imaginary

From the book Communication and Media Ethics

  • Clifford G. Christians


For the future of global media ethics, the persistent and most demanding issue will be the nature of the human. Coming to agreement on our philosophy of the person will be difficult for those of us in communication ethics, but a common understanding will be necessary given the challenges from posthumanism, artificial intelligence, and the proliferation of media technology that marginalizes human decision-making. We prepare for the future by developing an international communication ethics of three components: cosmopolitanism, a global imaginary of diverse people groups, and the concept of dwelling. Ensuring that these ideas are vigorous intellectually will help make it possible that humans can be construed as moral beings while the digital revolution redefines human existence.

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