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What We’re Reading: March 31, 2016

By The Prindle Institute for Ethics
31 Mar 2016
Image created from a photograph by Conner Gordon

An Ethicist Reads The Art of the Deal (Atlantic)
by John Paul Rollert
“If you’re a few dozen deep on the waitlist at the local library for The Art of the Deal and don’t have $11.95 to shell out for the Kindle edition, I can save you some trouble: The answer to all of your deal-making questions lies in your gut. But, you might say, what if I don’t have the brains in my gut to be a deal-maker?”

Using Twitter and Facebook images of tragedies raises ethical dilemmas (Guardian)
by Martin Belam
“The proliferation of cameras in people’s hands, embedded in their phones, connected to the web, has changed reporting of events like Brussels. News organisations no longer have to rely on professional photographers or camerapeople getting to the scene of a dramatic event several hours after it has happened, and getting some pictures of police tape cordoning off a place where something quite clearly isn’t happening any more.”

Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis (Guardian)
by Philip Oltermann
“Associated Press, which has described itself as the “marine corps of journalism” (“always the first in and the last out”) was the only western news agency able to stay open in Hitler’s Germany, continuing to operate until the US entered the war in 1941. It thus found itself in the presumably profitable situation of being the prime channel for news reports and pictures out of the totalitarian state.”

Lost in Trumplandia (New Republic)
by Patricia Lockwood
“The great crush around me seemed to be made up of two kinds of people: Trump supporters, and people there to goggle at Trump supporters.”

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