By John C. Knapp, Azalea M. Hulbert
This publication offers a moral framework which evaluates the legitimacy of the perform of ghostwriting. It explores the relationship among own authenticity and using ghostwriters in company, political, felony, better schooling, and medical contexts. It then examines the historical past of ghostwriting as a certified perform and introduces a version for moral analysis.
In this booklet, the authors shrewdly deal with an important moral questions akin to: whilst is it applicable for a pace-setter to assert the phrases of a ghostwriter as their very own? whilst may perhaps this be beside the point or perhaps dangerously deceptive? What are the results whilst public wisdom of this tradition results in cynicism in regards to the authenticity of leaders and their communications? And while, if ever, is using a ghostwriter moral? This ebook may be welcomed through students and practitioners alike as an unique and well timed contribution to the literature of commercial, politics, and communications.div>
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However, this need for assistance—perceived or real—transcends the realm of CEOs and politicians, and reaches into many corners of our lives. Many readers may be familiar with the common phrase used in academia, publish or perish—a phrase that pushes scholars to produce more and more content in order to stay employable and relevant in their fields. 28 In Chap. 7, we will explore how this has pushed some academics to use ghostwriters, for good or bad. In other corners of academia—discussed in Chap.
22 These principles provide a helpful lens for examining the ethics of ghostwriting. ” The answer would depend on a number of variables, of course, including the extent to which the reader has an expectation of authenticity. For instance, would the use of a ghost by a CEO to report firm earnings be considered deceptive? EMERGENCE OF A PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 19 What if the CEO, instead, relied on a ghost’s assistance to craft a deeply personal commencement address? Similarly, we can imagine situations where “revealing all information needed for responsible decision making” would require one to disclose that a ghostwriter, not the named author, actually produced a work.
M. HULBERT 2. Public relations and related fields have developed certain standards that seem to address ghostwriting; however, few address it outright. Can industry associations directly address the practice while still balancing the needs of individuals who utilize their services with the need for transparency and openness? How? 3. Given your current understanding of the practice of ghostwriting, do you believe that the ghost or the named author bears more responsibility for the perpetuation of the practice?