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POLL: White Evangelicals Have Grown More OK With Politicians Who Commit 'Immoral' Acts : NPR

In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that "an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life." Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.

So much for that moral authority....
immorality  christians  evangelicals  corruption  morality  politics  propaganda 
1 hour ago by po
Trump owns a shrinking Republican party
Trump has succeeded in appealing to his base, but under his presidency there have been continued declines in the number of people are identifying as Republicans. His strongest supporters tend to be older voters.
corruption  government  politics  morality  demographics 
1 hour ago by po
Productivity and Promises – Shawn Blanc
Meaning: Getting things done does not make you a good or better person. And, conversely, failing to be “productive” does not make you a bad person.


There is, of course, a connection between your character and your follow-through.
productivity  promises  morality 
3 days ago by mattb
Full text of Benedict XVI essay: 'The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse'
There are goods that are never subject to trade-offs.

There are values which must never be abandoned for a greater value and even surpass the preservation of physical life. There is martyrdom. God is (about) more than mere physical survival. A life that would be bought by the denial of God, a life that is based on a final lie, is a non-life.

Martyrdom is a basic category of Christian existence. The fact that martyrdom is no longer morally necessary in the theory advocated by Böckle...
catholic  schism  Benedict  Contract_vs_Covenant  Morality  philosophy 
8 days ago by seatrout
Fortnite and the Good Life - The Convivial Society
To be clear, I'm not writing all of this because I care a great deal about Fortnite. The point is that these are questions we can and should ask of most technologies and, also, of the broader pattern of technology that characterizes our societies so far as these are discernible. These kinds of questions are usually not far from my mind, but I've been thinking more about them of late as I read Albert Borgmann's reflections on technology and democracy in Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life (1984). There Borgmann argues that "the substance of the good life must be taken into consideration if radical political reform is to become a live option." I won't get into much detail here, perhaps more on the blog later, but Borgmann distinguishes between a formally just society, a substantively just society, and a good society. "I want to argue," he writes, "that just as the constitutional [formally just] definition of society remains incomplete and corruptible without a statement of substantive justice, so the just society remains incomplete and is easily dispirited without a fairly explicit and definite vision of the good life."

According to Borgmann, liberal democracy both needs and fears technology: "It needs technology because the latter promises to furnish the neutral opportunities necessary to establish a just society and to leave the question of the good life open. It fears technology because technology may in fact deliver more than it has promised, namely, a definite vision of the good society and, more important yet, one which is 'good' in a dubious sense." The point I think Borgmann is getting at here is that under the guise of neutrality or instrumentality, the particular shape of modern technology actually smuggles into our experience, tacitly at the level of practice and habit, a definite vision of the good, one which may finally undermine democracy. I don't know, seems like he's onto something important.
technology  society  morality 
12 days ago by ricky
my friend pokey — Morality Play
i can think of several occasions where people from different subcultures or minority groups were reprimanded because something in their own experience might read differently, or problematically, when presented to a presumably white/cis/affluent etc audience - which is of course the audience that matters, because what’s the value of presenting work from an alternative perspective to an audience already familiar with that perspective, to whom it has no automatic moral significance (might, in fact, merely be ‘aesthetic’)? Compare the complexity of a specific local audience which can think for itself to the easy win of the alternative: a phantasm audience of moral blanks to whom rote lessons in hypothetical empathy can be tastefully and profitably imparted over and over, forever.
videogames  blogs  morality 
14 days ago by itrasbiel
Moral crumple zones: cautionary tales in human-robot interaction • Engaging Science, Technology, and Society
Madeleine Clare Elish:
<p>Analyzing several high-profile accidents involving complex and automated socio-technical systems and the media coverage that surrounded them, I introduce the concept of a moral crumple zone to describe how responsibility for an action may be misattributed to a human actor who had limited control over the behavior of an automated or autonomous system. Just as the crumple zone in a car is designed to absorb the force of impact in a crash, the human in a highly complex and automated system may become simply a component—accidentally or intentionally—that bears the brunt of the moral and legal responsibilities when the overall system malfunctions. While the crumple zone in a car is meant to protect the human driver, the moral crumple zone protects the integrity of the technological system, at the expense of the nearest human operator. The concept is both a challenge to and an opportunity for the design and regulation of human-robot systems. </p>

Neat idea. (The text is available under a Creative Commons licence.)
morality  machine 
27 days ago by charlesarthur

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