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Chapter 15: Profits, Wealth, and Public Trust • What responsibilites does the entertainment industry have to its artists? • What are some ways in which the entertainment industry could act in a more ethical way? • How can minority representation be increased in the media? Chapter 15: Profits, Wealth, and Public Trust • Case 65: Crude Script for Tinsel Town • Case 66: Virtual Whitewash • Case 67: Deep Trouble for Harry • Case 68: Super Strip • Case 69: Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye Case 65: Crude Script for Tinsel Town • Facts – Empirical Definition •Values • Principles • Loyalties Case 65: Crude Script for Tinsel Town Humorist Art Buchwald was embroiled in a legal battle with Paramount over the rights to a story that was made into a movie by Paramount. • How could Rawls’ “veil of ignorance” be used in this situation to ensure that both sides get treated fairly? • What are some ways that Hollywood could better its accounting practices in order to benefit all? Case 65: Additional links Less Than Zero: Studio Accounting Practices in Hollywood – A look at the accounting practices that Hollywood studios use. Buchwald v. Paramount Pictures – Actual case. Rule Changes Due for Hollywood Accountants – Uses the Buchwald case to argue for changes in Hollywood’s accounting practices. Dumb and Dumber in Hollywood – Article criticizing the fights in Hollywood over who first came up with the idea for a movie. Case 66: Virtual Whitewash • Facts – Empirical Definition •Values • Principles • Loyalties Case 66: Virtual Whitewash Kweisi Mfume, head of the NAACP criticized television networks for not having enough African-American representation. • Do television networks have a moral obligation to reflect cultural diversity? • What can networks do to reflect this cultural diversity? • Should a networks decisions about programming be solely based on profit or should there be other considerations? Case 66: Additional links US networks accused of racism – Article reporting on Mfume’s accusation that television is segregated. Mfume Charges Tv 'Whitewash' – Article on Mfume’s charges aimed at the television industry. Kweisi Mfume’s Hollywood Shakedown – Article claims that Mfume is overstating the problem of blacks in the media. Anything but Racism – Criticizes the large media outlet’s response to accusations of discrimination. Case 67: Deep Trouble for Harry • Facts – Empirical Definition •Values • Principles • Loyalties Case 67: Deep Trouble for Harry •The pornographic film Deep Throat made Linda Lovelace a star, but it also ruined her life. • How can the exploitation and abuse of artists such as Lovelace be avoided? • What kind of restrictions, if any, should be put on industries such as the pornography industry. Case 67: Additional links Linda Lovelace – Article written after the porn stars death gives details of her troubled life. Politics and Pornography – A look at some of the reports on pornography in United States History. A comparison and look at some of their good points and bad. The women behind the porn projector – Criticizes the exploitation of Linda Lovelace and of all the women that are mistreated by the pornography industry. The Harm of Porn: Just Another Excuse to Censor – Argues that the studies about the harm of pornography are just an excuse to censor material and take away first amendment rights. Case 68: Super Strip • Facts – Empirical Definition •Values • Principles • Loyalties Case 68: Super Strip Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster came up with the idea for Superman but ended up without the rights and without and of the money the comic strip made. • How could the agape principle be bettered applied within the entertainment industry? • What could the entertainment industry do in the future in order to take better care of its artists? Case 68: Additional links The Original Superman – History of the original strip and the men who created it, with pictures. Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Superman – History of the two creators and their fight with the comic book publisher over Superman. Interview with Siegal and Shuster – A rare interview with the creators of Superman. Superman Galleries – Extensive galleries that include artwork, and audio/visual clips. Case 69: Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye • Facts – Empirical Definition •Values • Principles • Loyalties Case 69: Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye is a show about a deaf woman who works for the F.B.I. She is played by Deanne Bray, who is deaf herself. • How can the entertainment industry better portray disabled people as being “normalised”? • Why are shows like Sue Thomas so rare and what can be done to create more like it? Case 69: Additional Links Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye – Homepage for the show on the PAX- TV website. Two PAX TV Programs Feature Women with Disabilities – Another article on the show and another show on PAX-TV featuring a character with a disability. Hollywood portrayals of disability improve, but some still miss mark – Criticism of some Hollywood films that try to portray disability with non-disabled actors. Feel good TV – Praise for the show from conservative columnist Cal Thomas. Disability and the Media in the United Kingdom – Article on the relationship between disability and media and how this relationship can be deepened.
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