I usually can come up with punchy headlines for the weekly ethics roundup – but this week in PR ethics, the topics are just too important, bizarre, and complex. So, without further ado, five articles that raise ethics issues that will make you laugh, scratch your head and possibly creep you out.
- Go old school – When I read this Harvard Business Review article this week, I said “This is so freaking cool.” A new study finds that the medium we use to make decisions has an impact on how we make virtuous decisions. The study found to encourage virtuous decision-making it is best to put it on paper.
- Is it ever ethical to represent a country with poor human rights records? PRWeek discusses this topic with Edelman on an interesting podcast.
- Which countries do best when it comes to modeling behavior to stop sexual harassment? Hint, USA is #3. What is interesting is the two countries with the best response (China and India) are also in the top three when it comes to those surveyed disagreeing. I would love to parse this data more, but it is fascinating to review.
- Is it ethical to speak after you are dead? – I am finding some strange articles these past few weeks, but none stranger than this one examining the ethics of deadbots (chatbots for people that have passed)
- The pope speaks on digital media and ethics– Catholic Outlook had an interesting article on the Pope’s opinion on ethics and digital media. But what really stuck me was what he had to say about communicators ““Communication is not just a profession, but a service to dialogue and understanding between individuals and larger communities in the pursuit of a serene and peaceful coexistence.” All it is missing are the keywords mutually beneficial relationship between an organization and its publics….
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