The Moral Ethical Guidelines Of A Shot Manipulation And The Dependence On A Machine

1092 WordsApr 2, 20175 Pages
Aaron Quinn, in his article, called Accepting Manipulation or Manipulating what is Acceptable? He indicates the declining of public trust in photojournalism due to the obscurity of journalists’ integrity to provide accurate news to the public. He also indicates the existence of two moral dilemmas in photojournalism profession: post- shoot manipulation and the dependence on a machine to make a decision rather than a human being, as well as the ethical problems that come with the two moral dilemmas such as inconsistency, lack of integrity, and inaccuracy. He also presents two important questions to discuss. The first question at stake is what are the proper ethical guidelines of post- shoot photo manipulation? The second question at stake is…show more content…
From a virtue theory, photojournalists can learn and apply the importance of truth telling, integrity, and accuracy by making an important decision in regards to news prior to broadcasting it to the public. Deontological theory guides journalists to do their due diligence, which provides accurate and truthful news to the public that meets Kant’s Categorical Imperative, the moral law, being truthful is a universal journalistic law, and journalists must deliver accurate information to the public regardless of the outcomes. Quinn also expresses the concerns of during and post photo – shoot manipulation, especially the most sensitive ethical concerns and technical challenges accompanied with post photo- shoot manipulation because the activity of modification of images is explored during post shoot. He also indicates that digital ‘touch-ups’ of post photo -shoot that is modified by a machine can be morally acceptable or not acceptable depending on the outcome of the modification. He also indicates that post photo shoot manipulation started a century ago in the darkroom, but new technology in the profession of photojournalism brought positive and negative outcomes. For example, the new technology has the ability for faster and easier photo manipulation. He recommends the need for further study and the need for an improvement in photojournalist practice to

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