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Ghostwriting and the Ethics of Authenticity by John C. Knapp, Azalea M. Hulbert

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, criminal, larger schooling, and medical contexts. It then examines the heritage of ghostwriting as a qualified perform and introduces a version for moral analysis.
In this booklet, the authors shrewdly tackle the most important moral questions comparable to: whilst is it appropriate for a pace-setter to say the phrases of a ghostwriter as their very own? whilst could this be irrelevant or maybe dangerously deceptive? What are the implications while public expertise 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 publication might be welcomed by way of students and practitioners alike as an unique and well timed contribution to the literature of industrial, politics, and communications.div>

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Recognizing that Obama was already a published author and writer of his own speeches, Favreau asked why he needed a ghostwriter. “If there were 48 hours in a day, we wouldn’t need a speechwriter,” Gibbs said. ”58 Yet throughout his presidency, Obama’s critics accused him of relying too much on ghostwriters. Might the sheer number of speeches given by contemporary presidents make this a virtual necessity? Abraham Lincoln gave an average of 16 speeches per year as president; Harry Truman averaged 88, Bill Clinton 550.

Soon the invention of audio recording devices and radio broadcasting brought the sounds of presidents’ voices to exponentially more citizens, so that the spoken word became the single most important instrument of persuasion for the nation’s highest office. By 1925, early radio owners could hear Calvin Coolidge’s oath of office in their own living rooms. 17 Since then, every president’s political influence has necessarily hinged to a greater extent on public speaking effectiveness, from campaign speeches and debates, to State of the Union addresses and broadcast press conferences.

60 As Paul’s popularity was POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS 39 rising in the opinion polls leading up to the Iowa primary caucuses, old questions about his past publications resurfaced in the national media. The New York Times ran an article with the headline, “New Focus on Incendiary Words in Paul’s Newsletters,” calling new attention to an issue that had dogged the candidate for two decades. A. ” A passage in another newsletter asserted that people with AIDS should not be allowed to eat in restaurants because “AIDS can be transmitted by saliva”; in 1990 one of his publications criticized Ronald Reagan for having gone along with the creation of the federal holiday honoring the Rev.

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