Disliking public relations: Democracy and the habits of ethical communicators

Peter Denyer-Simmons, Barbara Walsh

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Abstract

The paper uses the 'habits of ethical communicators' model (Rubin & Yoder 1985) and Wallace's (1955) assertions concerning values inherent to belief in democracy to reflect on a single case of public relations advice offered to a high profile footballer facing public scrutiny over an incident involving group sex with a 19 year old girl. The paper suggests an explanation for the enduring dislike of public relations. It argues that although public relations is broadly consistent with notions of freedom of expression and access to information, privileging the interests of those represented by public relations ahead of a greater good is antithetical to core democratic values.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia, Democracy & Change
EditorsKerry McCallum
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherANZCA
Pages15
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2010 Annual Conference - Canberra, ACT, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 201009 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2010 Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
Period07/07/1009/07/10

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