The frankenstein syndrome: The creation of mega-media conglomerates and ethical modeling in journalism [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 36 (1-2):105 - 110 (2002)
Abstract
Aristotle saw ethics as a habit that is modeled and developed though practice. Shelly's Victor Frankenstein, though well intentioned in his goals, failed to model ethical behavior for his creation, abandoning it to its own recourse. Today we live in an era of unfettered mergers and acquisitions where once separate and independent media increasingly are concentrated under the control and leadership of the fictitious but legal personhood of a few conglomerated corporations. This paper will explore the impact of mega-media mergers on ethical modeling in journalism. It will diagram the behavioral context underlying the development of ethical habits, discuss leadership theory as it applies to management, and address the question of whether the creation of mega-media conglomerates will result in responsible corporate citizens or monsters who turn on their creators.
Keywords accountability  conglomerate  economics  ethics  habit  journalism  leadership  management  media  megamedia  mergers  modeling  telopathy  values
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