Here are three essays on current ethics issues, all worth reading and pondering.
1. At Slate, the topic is what constitutes legitimate news, and consequentialism: if a news source publishing non-news creates a real news event because of that publication, does this justify the original publication?
No, of course not. The incident in question involves a gossip site that posted a video shoing Los Angeles Laker Nick Young admitting to cheating on his fiancée, pop star Iggy Azalea. The video was surreptitiously recorded by Young’s teammate, D’Angelo Russell, and now the Lakers are shunning Russell, causing a problem for the team on and off the court. Now is the video newsworthy. Yes, but yecchhh.
The story is here.
2. Commentary discusses the strange trend of liberal legislators pushing extreme minimum wage increases on their cities and states despite risks of serious job losses. California is the latest example. Here is the head exploding quote:
“Why shouldn’t we in fact accept job loss?” asks New School economics and urban policy professor David Howell, who’s about to publish a white paper on the subject. “What’s so bad about getting rid of crappy jobs, forcing employers to upgrade, and having a serious program to compensate anyone who is in the slightest way harmed by that?”
3. What a surprise. The Final Four was half-filled with cheating schools, explains the Chronicle of Higher Education. Especially disturbing was this passage, in which two coaches objected to academic fraud involving basketball players being called “cheating”:
“We have, in my opinion, the greatest sporting event there is, the Final Four, going on. It’s about four schools, four teams, four coaching staffs who have worked their tails off to get here,” Mr. Williams said. “All that other stuff that sometimes I call junk has been talked about too much.”
Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse, expressed similar frustration for having to answer questions about an eight-year investigation into academic misconduct in his program, which was completed last year. Mr. Boeheim, whose team sat out last year’s tournament because of the problems, imposing the ban on itself before awaiting a possible penalty from the NCAA, used a news conference here Thursday to point out the differences he perceived in what his program was accused of and what it actually did.
“When they say ‘cheating,’ that’s not true,” Mr. Boeheim said. “Rules being broken is a lot different. Cheating to me is intentionally doing something, like you wanted to get this recruit so you arranged a job for him, or you went to see him when you shouldn’t. You called him when you shouldn’t to gain an edge in recruiting to get a really good player. That’s cheating.”
Pointer: Other Bill.