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The Media and its responsibilities
Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility (SOC120)
Aron Scott
Instructor: Shelia Farr
June 1, 2015

There has been a lot of controversy as of late surrounding the media’s focal topics and its responsibility to the public. According to Keith Davis, “Social Responsibility is the obligation of the decision maker to take decisions which protect and improve the welfare of the society as a whole with their own interest.” However, the simple function that we evaluate is media provides the public with a bunch of news, information and entertainment. These news stations take a story that they feel will increase their ratings and the stories that they feel will big about a bigger controversies. The media’s main function should be informing their viewers about all the current events going on around the world and also in the state that they based in.
When the media decides to expose a particular issue they should do so in an objective, fair and accurate way, but that is not always the case in most circumstances. Utilitarianism suggests that there is an obvious solution that is fair, and it may be one that appeals to common sense as well. If you look at the responsibilities of the media from a utilitarian point of view the media should inform people about issues that are related. For example the big uproar about white police officers shooting black individuals that have made the public turn against the police departments. However, there is another side to these number in reality white officers shoot white suspects more than they do black individuals. Statistics from the CDC show that between 1999 and 2011 the number of white individuals killed by police was 2,151 that’s compared to a total of 1,130 black individuals killed. This shows that the media uses their positions to stir the pot and cause more problems. If they truly…...

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