Discussion #1 – 500 words Look up the definitions of “good,” “right,” and “virt

Discussion #1 – 500 words
Look up the definitions of “good,” “right,” and “virtuous” in two different dictionaries. For each definition, provide an example that illustrates the practice of what you consider good, right, or virtuous communication. Explain how this influences ethical communication practices.
If you were to create a personal ethics statement what would it be? Provide two-three statements of your personal ethics philosophy. Explain and justify your statement according to information provided in the course readings.
Think of a time when your communication mattered. Explain the situation when you had a critical conversation. At that moment, you may not have recognized the importance of your communication. Describe your communication and its “ripple effects.” Would you change anything about this communication act? Why or why not? How does your knowledge of ethics possibly influence this communicative event?
Discussion #2 – 500 words
Promises are communication acts that matter ethically because they create a relational commitment between two or more persons. Keeping promises is an ethical responsibility or duty. Using the categorical imperative Kant claims that intentionally deceiving others about one’s willingness to keep a promise is clearly unethical. Two ways to create promises in a relationship are with interpersonal communication or with a legal contract. For example, the traditional marriage vow includes an interpersonal promise to “take one another in sickness and health until death us do part.” Marriage also is a legal contract governed by state law that marriage partners can end only by taking legal action. Work relationships also consist of interpersonal promises and legal contracts between an employer and an employee.
Describe what you consider the similarities and differences between a promise in an interpersonal relationship and a promise in a legal contract.
What is Kant’s Categorical Imperative? Explain how it relates to interpersonal relationships and communication studies as a whole. How can we be mindful of this imperative when developing communication pieces for the masses?
Discuss if or how the ethical responsibilities of fulfilling a promise are absolute or relative.
Is there a presumption about the ethical responsibilities or duties of a promise that must be overturned to justify ethically breaking a promise?
Should there be consequences for breaking a promise, even if breaking a promise is ethically justified?
Discussion #3 – 500 words
This week we spend time learning about communication ethics and intercultural communication. Through our ethical exploration, this term we have learned there are many factors that influence communication. Intercultural communication is one aspect of our area of study that often influences communication ethics.
Read the essay (linked below, attached to the weekly agenda and embedded into the weekly module) Deepak Singh, “I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything,” The Atlantic Daily, 8 June 2015, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/thank-you-culture-india-america/395069/?utm_source=atlfb which focuses on cultural differences between the US and India in saying “Thank you.” Once you have completed the reading answer the questions below.
Discussion Questions:
What insights does this article offer about how to practice ethically minimalist values in responsive intercultural communication?
Does it make a difference whether the practice of a minimalist value in intercultural interaction occurs within the student’s home culture or whether the student is in a different culture? Why or why not?
Do any of the branches of philosophy relate to this article that could have been influential to the writer? If so, list them and explain how they relate? If you do not think so, provide a reason why each of them does not fit.

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