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I stick to my sentiment I just made, which is that they're not fundamentally different but they're very different in practice, in the way that things operate. We thought that 24-hour rolling news introduced a pace which challenged journalistic reflectiveness. The Internet does that with bells on and it creates the opportunity for instant tit for tat exchange and in those exchanges, you know, unwise or harmful or factually incorrect or libellous things can take place.

I don't believe that I've come across an issue in Internet communications that has made me think: that is by type some sort of new ethical issue.

You take, for example, the Wikileaks issue of the Diplomatic Service cables and so on. That, as far as I could see, didn't involve any new ethical dimension, but what it did involve was a difference of scale, that because you can hold and transfer such huge volumes of data, that's the difference. The issue of whether or not it's right to obtain the material by whatever means you obtain it and distribute it is not, I think, ethically different in the new media versus the old.

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