Are you as moral as you think you are?

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  1. DrBGood

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    Are you as moral as you think you are?

    This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Only you will know the results, so remember that your answer needs to be honest.

    THE SITUATION:

    You are in Florida, Miami to be specific.
    There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding.
    This is a flood of biblical proportions.
    You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster.
    The situation is nearly hopeless.
    You're trying to shoot career-making photos.
    There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water.

    THE TEST:

    Suddenly you see a man in the water.
    He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris.
    You move closer.
    Somehow the man looks familiar.
    You suddenly realize who it is.
    It's Donald Trump!
    At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever.

    YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:

    You can save the life of Donald Trump or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful Republican men hell bent on the destruction of America.

    THE QUESTION:

    Here's the question, and please give an honest answer.
    "Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?"
     
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    I'f I'm a photo journalist worthy of the name, I'm slinging two cameras, not one. I get both. Once I have my stills I will shoot video for Youtube.
     
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    I'd go B&W, Trump doesn't look great in colour.
     
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    Maybe, snap the picture real quick and scan the area for someone worth the effort in saving? A child perhaps?

    In such a situation there must be others nearby in need of immediate assistance.
     
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    This is headed for ban city, but thanks for the laugh. Kodak Royal Xpan, btw.
     
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    Wow, I dont know how I missed this earlier. Definietely the way to go.
     
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    Thank you BGood, best laugh of the week.
     
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    The test is not realistic. The fact that you are ANY kind of journalist answers the question of moral integrity. Of course you would not interfere with breaking news. Duh. You would document the event and splash it all over the front page just as fast as you can.

    And if you got the facts wrong and destroyed someones life, the retraction would be so buried that you would need a forensic team to find it.

    And by the slim chance the subject had a loved one that was extremely distressed and hysterical, I know, kind of a stretch with the Supreme Leader, your associate would document that as a follow up human interest news story.
     
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    Oh well
     
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    wow, just wow
     
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    Lets just let this one go for a bit longer and see how it evolves ., I mean it is in the lightly moderated , hands off back stage. It can be addressed on a moral level less than a political one …. as one can be coy, clever , or use creative Innuendo to process a point. I don't want to be a Nazi since I hate fascists but arguably at some point it might need to be locked, and I apologize in advance! It all has to do w/the nature of how something is said or perceived, the first amendment rules here … but according to Niccolò Machiavelli, in his political tome " the Prince " , The Prince switches between the past, present, and future tenses in order to relate the behavior of successful rulers in the past. Machiavelli relates this information to how a ruler in his own time should behave to ensure the stability and prosperity of his reign. I interpret it to mean there are more freedoms within in a society with some rules and regulations than their are without. That said lets go on and see where our posts take us … now, where is my beer, gosh dam it :lol:
     
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    I'm seeing this as light-hearted banter with a slight undercurrent of a combination of pissed-off-ness and morality. If it remains at the current level, there should be no problem with it.
     
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    Taking this literally - I would've been shooting digitally for roughly 20 years, so the question just wouldn't arise, (which makes me wonder, is this an old joke I've not come across before, repurposed for the current political scene?)

    Taking it in the spirit it's intended... Thanks, I wasn't expecting the punchline. Made me smile :)
     
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    It is an old joke - it comes with a blank space for the name, obviously. It is funny though in the unexpectedness of the punchline.
     
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    Thank you.

    I didn't know it was an old joke and it wasn't me that put Trump in there. It could work as well with Celine Dion. The joke couldn't be made more actual though, because of the space he's been taking in the media lately and his pretty unique relationship with these medias.
     
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    A better test would be, if you saw someone walking away from their car and fumbling around for their cash and you saw a roll of bills laying on the ground by that persons car, what would you instinctively do?

    Happened to me and my kid. My son picked up the money and asked the person if they had lost something. I asked him, why did you do that? He said because it doesn't belong to me.

    I sure set a good example that day of what low moral fiber looks like. Despite all our best efforts, kids do sometimes turn out O.K. :thumb:
     
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    Your son did exactly the right thing - no moral question there. But I'm not sure the scenario would work as the basis for a joke.
     
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    If this is light hearted banter and funny then I believe we may have missed the point of a moral question. And of course this is now political, joke or not.
     
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    I think we left the possibility of political conflict behind several posts ago - it is now all about the joke itself.
     
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