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Illness bloggers and sickness scams: Communication ethics and the ‘Belle’ Gibson saga

Xu, E. and Lee, T. (2017) Illness bloggers and sickness scams: Communication ethics and the ‘Belle’ Gibson saga. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 14 (2-3). pp. 72-79.

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Abstract

In April 2017, 'Belle' Gibson was found guilty of contravening the Australian Consumer Law because she sold her recipe book and mobile app using deceptive business practices. Using the 'Belle' Gibson saga as a case study, this paper examines questions of communication ethics and the effect that technology has on our ethical behaviours and practice. It contends that technology has altered our perceptions of authenticity and credibility as well as our social relations and sense of 'intimacy' with online strangers.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Abramis Academic Publishing
Publishers Website: http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41278
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