Art & Media Ethics: A windrose for art and media
Drawing the line between ethics, media, philosophy and democracy during a workshop with Wolfgang Renner, MSc Head of the Wiener Zeitung Acadamy
Philosophy (Greek for love of wisdom) is the study of cognition and knowledge. A sub-discipline of it is ethics and in the field of applied ethics media ethics is anchored. The subject of ethics is morality and the theory of action according to the distinction between good and evil.
Media ethics deals with the morality of and in the media. Media are systemically relevant and have enormous social responsibility; they are the fourth pillar of democracy. But the world of media has changed almost apocalyptically due to the Internet. If the fourth pillar disappears, democracy will disappear. Media therefore need new allies, sources of inspiration for reflection and classification. Art would be predestined to take on this role, because art, with all its manifestations, has always been a moral protective force in humanism.
The goal of the workshop is to create a ‘windrose for art and media’ that conveys courage for innovation and a pioneering spirit.
Wolfgang Renner, Dr. h.c., MSc Head of Wiener Zeitung Acadamy, Wiener Zeitung