Loyalty and the Potter Box
*fox news’ tendency to present information to appear a certain way
- Loyalty as an ethical principle:
o “the willing and practical and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause”
o A social act allowing people to form social contracts
We wouldn’t have a meaningful existence without loyalty
o Can be learned, developed
Can be thought about as an ethical value, though not the sole value
o Expression in friendship, family, organizations, country
- Loyalty: some concerns...
o Close bias/prejudice
Proves problematic when loyalty is to a negative force – gangs etc.
Not necessarily a neutral ethical value
o Problems with how to prioritize competing loyalties
Problems in harmonizing with loyalties of others,
o Doesn’t motivate in mass society
o Is it ethical to be loyal to an unethical cause?
It needs to be a worthwhile cause?
Does it harmonize with the loyalties of others?
- Loyalty and the Journalist
o Loyalties: truth, freedom, open discussion, audience, sources, the bottom