This chapter makes the case for a refocusing of teaching and learning across the curriculum on foundational questions about ethics in digital culture. It argues that to rethink current policy and curriculum strategies, the educational challenge raised by digital culture for literacy is not one of skill or technological competence, but one of participation and ethics. Schools and education systems are caught in the headlights of the digital era. The chapter outlines the limits of education with new technologies sans a foundational approach to ethics. It turns to review, critique, and reframe debates over communicative ethics as they apply to the field of education. The chapter focuses on the political economy of communications, that is, the relationships between state regulation and control, corporate ownership of the modes of information, and their ideological and economic effects.