Monday, May 01, 2006

There will always be conflict

When I think of the word conflict I think of an issue that has at least two (sometimes many more) different opposing opinions surrounding that issue. I learned early on in this class that when elements in a moral system conflict certain ethical principles can help me make tough choices. My mind immediately goes to Sissela Bok's model. First consulting my own conscience and deciding how I feel about a choice. Then taking it to others for their expertise and imput. Then finally discussing the conflict with all the parties involved (even hypothetically) to see how everyone involved in the issue might respond. I like this model and I have used it in my own life as I make difficult decisions. In the media the values of accuracy, tenacity and equity should fall in to place once all sides of the conflict are explored and all the parties represented effectively and fairly.

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