Using Communication Ethics Literacy

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Over the last seven weeks, I have had the opportunity to learn about communication ethics literacy. Now that I have enhanced my knowledge of communication ethics literacy, I am able to apply it to my everyday life, such as in my workplace, my home, and my community.

Communication Ethics Literacy Dialogue and Differences states people have diverse means of engaging data and new ideas (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 212). While I understand that my opinion and way of thinking is important, I must understand that people have their own ways of thinking. For example, my mom thinks she need to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, however, me on the other hand thinks someone should not decorate for Christmas until two weeks before December 25th. With Communication ethics literacy, I think it is important that I respect her thoughts as well as she respect mine. Therefore, we should be able to come to a mutual understanding for an appropriate time to decorate for Christmas .

While Christmas is the topic at home, politics is still the topic in my workplace. Dialogue requires that one know the ground from which one speaks, meet the other with a willingness to learn, and learn about the ground from which the other’s discourse emerges (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 223). We all should understand that not everyone will have the same view as us when it comes to politics. Even though politics should not be discussed at work (in my opinion), I still keep an open mind when it comes to my co-workers discussing it. I may not agree with some of the presidential parties beliefs, however, if my co-workers present a compelling argument for one of them, I listen. Conversations begin when we our willing to engage our own ground and meet that of another, no matter how much we contend with a given stance  (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 224). Therefore, when I listen to my co-workers point of view, I expect them to listen to mine.

In community, I feel one of the most common issue is people trying to force a different religion on their neighbor or friend. Dialogue hides when we demand that another vacate the ground that offers meaning and vision for a given standpoint (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 224). Therefore, I don’t attempt to change someone’s mind about their religion. The textbook states the reality of crisis communication continues to warn us that we cannot assume that the other necessarily think or act as we deem correct (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 214). Someone’s religion is apart of them, and it is not easy to change. People are meant to think differently….it’s life.

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Overall, communication ethics is the call to learn about differing views of the good assumed by differing positions (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 213). Our lives revolve around using communication ethics literacy to our advantage when engaging in conversations with others.


Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J. (2009). Communication Ethics Literacy (10th ed.). SAGE Publications, Inc. (ISBN-13: 978-1412942140).

Communication Ethics and Health


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When I think back to 2009, I think about October, when I was in my sophomore year of high school. I was in basketball practice, and while I was performing a drill, I bent and turned my knee at the same time. Which cause me to tear the meniscus in my knee. Of course….that was the end of my basketball season.

In December of 2009, I had surgery to repair my meniscus. I had to wear a knee brace for over six weeks, walk with crutches for over four weeks, and have two months of physical therapy to make a full recovery from the surgery. Communication Ethics Literacy Dialogue and Differences states the goal of health care communication ethics is to protect and promote a sense of gratitude and knowledge of a final freedom, which is our response to health, its absence, and the eventuality of death (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 194). While others around me were visiting and showing support for what I was going through, I had to my find my final freedom… responsiveness.

To engage health care communication ethics, one looks for ways to respond to the illness in the larger context of a life, not just for answers to “fix” ill health (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 195). Therefore, instead of feeling sorry for myself about how I had to attend physical therapy three times a week after school or about how I could not play in what I thought would be my breakout basketball season…..I found the good. The good was even though I had to attend therapy, I was able get my knee stronger than ever. Stronger for the next basketball. Then, after therapy, once I fully recovered, I had a story to tell. A story that could possibly help others who were going through the same things I went through.

To be human is to care, the labor of care is a necessity of our identity (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 200). Three weeks after I had surgery, I had to go back to school. For the three weeks that I had to remained on crutches, my cousin picked me up, drove me to school every morning, and he took me home on the afternoon I didn’t have therapy. While I was at school, he carried my books to my classes, at lunch he even took time to carry my lunch tray to my table. Health care communication ethics finds responsiveness in a sense of “why” that gives one a reason to bear the “how”  (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 201). I’m sure my cousin asked himself why he felt the need to help me, then he realized that I couldn’t do it alone. He took time out of his day and time away from his friends to help.

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Health care communicative ethics work with our final freedom, whether in practice or in final moments of a life, keeping before us the importance of our response (Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J., 2009, p. 199). I found the importance of my response and my cousin very well showed labor of care.



Arnett, R., Bell, L., & Fritz, J. (2009). Communication Ethics Literacy (10th ed.). SAGE Publications, Inc. (ISBN-13: 978-1412942140).