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Nicholas Tschinkel Professor Judith Dutill Comm. 110 - Virtual Campus February 3, 2013

Case Study #1 (I am responding to prompt number three)

Upon being asked a question about what ethical communication means, Dr. Meuhlhoff answers by saying it is not vital that you accept what everyone has to say. Quoting an ancient Jewish proverb, and adding in some of his own beliefs, Meuhlhoff states that it would be completely disrespectful to not listen to what a speaker has to say. He continues by saying it is also inappropriate to respond before you give the speaker a chance to get their message across.

I would have to agree with his reasoning, although, I must admit I am guilty to doing some of the aspects of ethical communication he explains is shameful. I have cut people off while they were speaking; for instance, I didn’t agree with what they were saying so I threw out my opinion before they could finish theirs. And sometimes I have found I don’t even let people speak before I go on and say what I want to get across. This happens more frequently when I am in an argument with a friend.

Reading this case study was one of the most beneficial things I have done today: It opened my eyes to how I was being unethical, especially when it comes to certain situations. Not only an eyeopener, I actually found the text to be fascinating, and realized how I can apply this to my life. It’s always good to realize when you are doing something wrong, and find a positive and respectful way to change it.


Next time I am in a conversation with a person, and I feel the urge to blurt in with my own opinion, I will remember the text and try hard to give them their time to speak. And next time I’m in an argument, I will let the other side voice their opinion without interjection from myself. According to an old Christian proverb, “Do unto others what you want done unto you.”

While reading the study, I saw how his points of ethical communication could be applied to a much broader range of communication than just individual/private communication. If people with discrepancies towards a certain individual, groups of individual, company, etc. could apply ethicality in their communication skills, the world would be a beautiful place for respectful communication. Maybe everyone being respectful to one another in communications is just another evil…. Since it is not really practical to know what would happen if everyone was a respectful communicator, who knows what would come from it.

In summary, I agree with what Dr. Muehlhoff has to say about ethical reasoning as it applies to communication skills. This message should somehow be spread to more people than those who read this textbook. Maybe with the skills I learn in this class, and in future Communications coursers, I will be able to start a campaign for people to practice “positive ethical communication”. It will at least give me something to think about before bed tonight.


Case Study 1