Edited by Thomas Magnell
Biotechnology, New Media and Ethics
Edited by Naomi Sunderland, Phil Graham, Peter Isaacs and Bernard McKenna
The unique book links biotechnology with media and citizenship.
As with any ‘commodity’, biological products have been commodified. Because enormous speculative investment rests on this, risk will be understated and benefit will be overstated. Benefits will be unfairly distributed. Already, the bioprospecting of Southern megadiverse nations, legally sanctioned by U. S. property rights conventions, has led to wealth and health benefits in the North.
Crucial to this development are biotechnological discourses that shift meanings from a “language of life” into technocratic discourses, infused with neo-liberal economic assumptions that promise progress and benefits for all. Crucial in this is the mass media’s representation of biotechnology for an audience with poor scientific literacy. Yet, even apparently benign biotechnology spawned by the Human Genome Project such as prenatal screening has eugenic possibilities, and genetic codes for illness are eagerly sought by insurance companies seeking to exclude certain people.
These issues raise important questions about a citizenship that is founded on moral responsibility for the wellbeing of society now and into the future. After all, biotechnology is very much concerned with the essence of life itself. This book provides a space for alternative and dissident voices beyond the hype that surrounds biotechnology.
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Selected Writings 1953-1974
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is missing, then, are dissenting voices. In the editors’ concluding chapter, they are forced to speculate about what opponents of the argument from inductive risk would say (p. 269). It is true that this aspect of the collection merely reflects the state of the field, where there is near
with respect to those born in a country – a process whose strategic importance was persuasively argued by Albert Hirschman in Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970). In the end, despite some gestures in the last section, De Lara has much more to offer by way of understanding Plato than wisdom for the 21 st
(New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017), 424 pages. isbn : 9781472587770 (hbk.). Hardback/eBook: $176.00/$140.99. When commissioned to produce this book, Shyam Ranganathan was told to include “cutting edge” contemporary research into Indian ethics (p. vii). By including much of his own voice in
to push the button. The same is true of concern for B, and C, and all the rest. There is no need to weigh conflicting interests. Beneficence speaks with a single voice. This marks a contrast with the original Footbridge case ( Hare 2016 : 466). Again, suppose you know the six involved, from A to F
Kimberly Kessler Ferzan
. I am not just a means to your end.” She could sing a few bars of Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love of All , “No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity.” If she really wanted Eric to suffer, she might voice activate her iPhone to play Mel Gibson in Braveheart shouting