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Technology, hypocrisy and morality: Where, oh where, has all the hypocrisy gone?

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This essay examines the phenomenon of hypocrisy from a media ecological vantage. It walks through examples and cases of hypocrisy witnessed in the United States today, and then argues that dominant media forms have shaped and are continuing to shape our senses of self, community, constancy and consistency. Accounting for the apparent rise in hypocrisy – its near ubiquity in modern US culture – as well as clarifying why today’s accusations of hypocrisy seem to carry little to no weight, the essay furthermore reveals key tensions between reason and rationalization in times of great technological change.
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Keywords: cultural change; ethics; hypocrisy; media ecology; rationalization; reason; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Communications, Grand Valley State University

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • EME explores the relationships between media, technology, symbolic form, communication, consciousness, and culture. Its scope is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Media ecology provides a rich philosophical, historical and practical context for studying our increasingly technological and mediated society and culture with an emphasis on historical context.
    Media ecology scholarship emphasizes a humanistic approach to understanding media, communication, and technology, with special emphasis on the ways in which we have been and continue to be shaped and influenced by our inventions and innovation. The Media ecology approach is predicated on understanding that media, symbols, and technologies play a leading role in human affairs, and function as largely invisible environments affecting the way we think, feel, act, and organize ourselves collectively.
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