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The Airplane and the Cell Phone: A Real Life Ethical Dilemma

From the Institute for Global Ethics, Rushton Kidder's excellent ethics website, the Scoreboard learned about a fascinating story that had slipped past its radar.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Austin to Dallas had been charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to end a cell phone call when flight attendants demanded that he do so. Joe David Jones was talking to doctors about end-of-life options for his father, who was expected to die any second. Attendants told police on the ground that Jones had also become profane and "uncontrollable."

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Ethics and the Talking Billboards

A memorable scene in the Steven Spielberg thriller "Minority Report" showed Tom Cruise's character walking past commercial signs and displays that spoke directly to him, addressing him by name and customizing their message to personal information, accessed by a retinal scan. It was a creepy scene, and like disturbing scenes in earlier futuristic films such as "A Clockwork Orange," reality is getting uncomfortably close to emulating it.

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11/30/2008

Those Evil Videogames

6/9/2008

Ethics and the Talking Billboards

6/9/2008

The Airplane and the Cell Phone: A Real Life Ethical Dilemma

4/29/2008

A Big Deal: Stop the "Ex-Blogs"

12/23/2007

Global Warming Ethics, Part Two of Three: The Offset Illusion

10/25/2007

Global Warming Ethics: Part One of Three. Convenient Misrepresentations

10/2/2007

iPhone Ethics

8/20/2007

The Case of the Inebriated Astronauts

6/11/2007

The Case of the Unmasked Flea

5/12/2007

Warped Web Ethics: the Stolen DVD Access Code

2/17/2007

Trapped by Failure of Courage and Ethics: The JetBlue Flights

1/29/2007

"Ick!" versus Ethics, Part 2: Designer Disabilities

1/11/2007

"Ick!" versus Ethics, Part 1: The Infantilization of Ashley

12/4/2006

Real Life Ethics Trilogy, Part 2: Wireless Internet Freeloading

11/30/2006

YouTube, Google and the Lock-picking Videos

9/9/2006

When Cadavers Become Art

8/6/2006

Image Manipulation Ethics & Congressman DeWine

7/19/2006

Flaming Laptop Ethics

7/6/2006

Ethics and the Sleeping Cable Guy

4/19/2006

The Maryland Police Message Board Controversy

1/3/2006

Patricia Santangelo: Fighting for Unethical Principles

12/7/2005

An Ethical Cigarette?

11/22/2005

Rod Serling in the Unethical Zone

11/19/2005

Lying to Kids for Their Own Good

11/1/2005

The Ethics of Paranoia: Condi's Evil Eyes

6/29/2005

Get Grokster

6/14/2005

Meddling Bureaucrats, Cheating Scientists

8/3/04

More Red Light Ethics

7/27/04

Fatal Inquiry

6/21/04

Freeping Ethics

5/23/04

Red Light Ethics

5/8/04

Wonkette (May 2004 Ethics Hero)

3/16/04

Microsoft's Fix

2/11/04
Research Censors
2/11/04
Diet Wars
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