Occasionally crass, often contrived star-riddled stories plague the UK press, and according to Jones, the ethical slips characteristic of such reportage are spreading to other regions of journalism and media. “The exploitation of other people’s embarrassment — even other people’s misery — has also encouraged what has to be seen as the nasty side of citizen’s journalism, the sale of personal information, perhaps mobile phone photos taken at private occasions and other private and personal data obtained through dubious means,” says Jones. Symptomatically, media manipulation is increasingly overlooked and rampant even in areas including but not limited to political journalism. Read more on Jones’ blog.
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