The Rhetorica Network
Rhetorica is my blog about documentary film and photography since March 2021. All posts from the previous version of Rhetorica, dating back to 2002, are available on archive.org.
Rhetorica began as a press-politics blog that grew out of a web project I began in 1998 as part of my graduate studies in rhetoric. My name is Dr. Andrew R. Cline. I am an Emeritus Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I currently live in Aveiro, Portugal where I continue to write and do documentary film and photography projects.
Category Archives: media ethics
Code of Ethics Step One: Define Who It’s For
The headline of this post is rather pointed and confident. That’s because I taught media ethics at Missouri State University for 18 years and have my way of thinking about these things. But… A code of ethics is a guide … Continue reading
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Fun With AI: Ethical Responsibility
Not long ago I mentioned creating my own code of ethics for documentary filmmaking — a task I’m still thinking about. So that got me to thinking perhaps I should ask ChatGPT: What is the most important ethical responsibility for … Continue reading
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Step one: Whatinthehellis ethics?
So a first baby-step toward my personal code of ethics for documentary filmmaking is to start where others have “finished.” I began my career as a journalist. I spent 20 years teaching journalism. And about halfway through that time, I … Continue reading
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Brave New AI World
I don’t remember the first time I told my students that we live in an age in which seeing (also hearing) is no longer believing. I used to present a unit in my media ethics class examining photo manipulation through … Continue reading
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I Watched ____ So You Don’t Have To
So there’s a long-running trope in the writing of tough reviews that starts this way: “I watched ____ so you don’t have to.” This signals that the review will pan whatever the thing is and offer an invitation to bask … Continue reading
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