n Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research - Covering HIV / AIDS : towards a heuristic comparison between communitarian and utilitarian ethics
|Article Title||Covering HIV / AIDS : towards a heuristic comparison between communitarian and utilitarian ethics|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research|
|Author||Herman Wasserman and Arnold S. De Beer|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||84 - 97|
This article considers two approaches to ethical decision-making on the issue of reporting on human immunodeficiency virus / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV / AIDS)-related deaths in the popular media. The conflict between cultural values and the public interest is explored via the ethical approaches of communitarianism and utilitarianism. The death of a former South African presidential spokesperson, is taken as an illustration of how these approaches might lead to different ethical decisions.
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