Vol. 16 (2)



María del Carmen Fuente Cobo. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2898-1210



Principles and orientations for media users’ ethics: contributions from the side of the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching




The paradigm shift in media and social communications is forcing us to rethinking the role and responsibility of the user. Studies on consumer ethics are relatively recent and have shown little interest in the ethical decision-making processes of media users and consumers. In the side of media ethics, the attention paid to consumers and users of the media has also been scarce. The aim of this article is to identify principles and criteria that may serve as guidelines for a media users’ ethics adapted to the current times and technologies. The reflection starts with a review of the academic literature and the principles, values and norms that can be traced in the documents of the Catholic Social Teaching (CST) on media ethics.


media ethics; consumer ethics; media user ethics; religion and consumer ethics; Catholic Social Teaching.


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María del Carmen Fuente Cobo es Doctora en Ciencias de la Información por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad de Navarra. Es Profesora Titular del Departamento de Comunicación en el Centro Universitario Villanueva de Madrid, España. cfuentecobo@villanueva.edu, http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2898-1210


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