Ethics Crisis Blog is baaaaack!
Ethics – corporate, government, personal – are too important for us not to bring back Ethics Crisis Blog. I created this blog in 2004 – pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook wall posts – for a client who’s since moved into another business.
I never took Ethics Crisis Blog down because people kept voting on the confessions, and it soon became apparent that you’d probably have to be a mass murderer for people to collectively condemn your unethical behavior.
So, here we are in the most ethics-challenged era, perhaps ever, and I figure people might like a friendly place to ANONYMOUSLY (really, I don’t know who the confessors are) confess their ethics transgressions so the rest of us can sit in judgment. :>)
The Ethics of Metaverse Journalism
Wagner James Au, publisher of Second World Notes, the Second Life newspaper, is making a “my willy nilly effort to come up with a workable ethics for reporting in the metaverse.”
He questions whether reporting on recent grid attacks that have brought down the world gives the attackers an award by giving them publicity. He writes: “Attentive readers may be inclined to see parallels to conundrums from real world journalism– for example, when the media gives prominent coverage to a minor terrorist attack, are they just reporting the news, or unintentionally becoming an abettor after the fact, while unnecessarily alarming the public?”
In New Poll on Ethics, Public Ranks Congress Lower Than Pirates
In a troubling omen for the upcoming midterm elections, a new poll on ethics released today indicates that the public for the first time ranks congressmen lower than pirates, says The Borowitz Report.
The poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, asked likely voters to rate one hundred different professions according to their ethics. Congressmen, near the bottom of the list, bested only crack dealers and lawyers.
“Over and over again, pirates received higher marks than congressmen in this survey,” said Crandall Pritchard, who supervised the poll for the University of Minnesota. “We heard comments like, ‘Sure, pirates make people walk the plank and will slit their throats for a doubloon, but at least they would keep their hands off congressional pages.”
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, under fire of late because of the congressional page scandal, said that the poll showing that pirates are more ethical than congressmen is mush ado about nothing: “I don’t think this reflects the unpopularity of Congress so much as it reflects the surging popularity of pirates.” popularity of pirates.”
An Ethical Grey Area
Yes Men Survival Ball Yanks Halliburton’s Chain
The Yes Men, a group of environmental and corporate ethics activists pushing a “SurvivaBall”, designed to save corporate executives from the effects of global warming, pulled a prank on Halliburton at the Catastrophic Loss conference held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida.
The group, which has pulled similar stunts on Dow Chemical Co. and the World Trade Organization, says it presented the phony global-warming-protection suits — priced at $100 million each, nonetheless — to show that corporations are more concerned about profits than taking expensive steps to reduce carbon emissions to reduce global warming.