Influence Scholarship and Ethics
Commentary on the article by Sara King (2010), Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer.
Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 35–38, December 2011
How to Cite
Lewandowsky, S. and Stritzke, W. G. K. (2011), Influence Scholarship and Ethics. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11: 35–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01236.x
- Issue online: 15 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2011
What are the ethical issues surrounding the military influence on communication outlined by King? We suggest that although the ethical imperatives for practitioners are clearly spelled out by the American Psychological Association, their implications for researchers are less clear. We suggest that influence scholars must be cognizant of the way in which their work may be applied for (quasi-) military purposes and point to analyses and precedents that outline those risks but also highlight the promises of influence research.