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What We’re Reading: September 3, 2015

By The Prindle Institute for Ethics
3 Sep 2015
Image created from a photograph by Conner Gordon

The Ethics of Watching and Sharing Violent Viral Videos (Vice)
by Allie Conti
“Questions about whether to publish upsetting content used to be the purview of media outlets…but thanks to social media everyone gets to decide whether to share graphic, disturbing videos with their followers and friends.”

Taking My Parents to College (New York Times)
by Jennine Capó Crucet
“It was a simple question, but we couldn’t find the answer in any of the paperwork the college had sent. How long was my family supposed to stay for orientation? This was 1999, so Google wasn’t really a verb yet, and we were a low-income family (according to my new school) without regular Internet access.”

The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths (New York Times)
by George Johnson
“On one front after another, the hard-won consensus of science is also expected to accommodate personal beliefs, religious or otherwise, about the safety of vaccines, G.M.O. crops, fluoridation or cellphone radio waves, along with the validity of global climate change.”

Why the Rich Love Burning Man (Jacobin)
by Keith A. Spencer
“Burning Man is earning a reputation as a ‘networking event’ among Silicon Valley techies, and tech magazines now send reporters to cover it. CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Alphabet are foaming fans, along with conservative anti-tax icon Grover Norquist and many writers of the libertarian (and Koch-funded) Reason magazine. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even went so far as to claim that Burning Man ‘is Silicon Valley.'”

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work (Guernica Magazine)
by Robert Reich
“As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-employed, part-timers, freelancers, and free agents. Most file 1099s rather than W2s, for tax purposes. On demand and on call–in the “share” economy, the “gig” economy, or, more prosaically, the “irregular” economy–the result is the same: no predictable earnings or hours.”

Check out this article written by Prindle Post contributor Pamela Hobart:
4 Reasons You Should Stop Flipping Off Your Baby (The Federalist)

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