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Morality in present-day media

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Topic #1
In our society, we encounter moral questions every day. Television shows and films commonly present characters who must face moral dilemmas and choose a course of action. You can see this in both dramas and sitcoms, like "Dexter," "Law & Order," "The Office," ""Scandal," and "Breaking Bad," and in films, such as I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Avatar, and The Blind Side.

Choose a television show, film, or piece of literature that you believe suggests a moral choice. First, provide a brief overview of the show, film, or piece of literature, and then explain the story which features a moral question/ethical dilemma. What was the result of this dilemma/moral question? Was the rationale for this choice convincing? In your discussion response(s), consider how the categories of morality, such as self-interest, altruism, moral absolutism, or moral relativism, are portrayed in these decisions.

Topic #2
The text discusses "whistle-blowing" and issues of morality and work. If you were in a situation where your employer was acting unethically, would you blow the whistle? What are some of the elements to consider in making this decision? Which factors would you need to ensure before you would report what you know? Which factors might prevent you from acting?

Journal: #3
As part of this work you will complete 200--250 word Journal entries, on the topics connected to the given topics.

About the Journal
These are short, reflective writing responses to selected topics that correspond with. Your journal entry should be a minimum of 200- 250 words, or about half a page, and may be written in the first person. Feel free to write more than 200-250 words.

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Topic 1
A movie that many people have seen that stirred a lot of controversy was Training Day starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. This movie was based around a crooked narcotics officer (Washington) who is taking a young patrol officer (Hawke) into a training day to see if he has what it takes to be a narcotics officer. Throughout the course of the day, Hawke is faced with several instances that are illegal, unethical or immoral. He has to choose from doing what is right versus what he thinks may be the determining factor in gaining the position. Some examples include drinking alcohol while on duty, smoking marijuana laced with PCP while on duty, robbery, and murder. Washington tries to rationalize that the acts that are being committed fall under the utilitarianism principle (greatest good for the greatest people). Washington suggests that it takes these acts to get the bad people off of the streets and therefore breaking the law is acceptable. Hawke, while somewhat naïve, has great ethics and is a very moral person. Hawke is faced with "blowing the whistle" or turning the blind eye in order to win the position. In the beginning, Hawke goes against his better judgment and believes what Washington tells him; refusing to believe that there are police officers this corrupt. In the end, Hawke finally has enough and stands up against Washington; but only after a failed murder attempt by Washington.
The rationale was not convincing as the movie progressed because the choice between right and wrong was clearer and clearer. Initially, the film has the viewer confused and thinking that this is the way narcotics actually works because the rules that are broken aren't as egregious. As the film progresses however, the rules that are broken quickly advance to crimes committed. ...

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The morality in present-day media is discussed.

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