Do not reanimate: the ethics of bringing back the dead for the silver screen

The Islamic Monthly - Scholars, academics and even great Roman philosophers have discussed the power of the visual image. In the context of news and social consciousness, images have changed the way in which society has come to view the world and itself within that world. As new technologies have emerged —allowing for the editing and doctoring of photography, both still and moving —so too have ethical concerns.

David D. Perlmutter, dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University, writes in Image Ethics in the Digital Age that recent television commercials featuring Fred Astaire and John Wayne peddling products are "but preliminary sketches of a fantasy reality to come where the working life is not arrested by death; indeed, death may be, in the language of Hollywood, a 'smart career move.'"

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