Our ethics in the twentyfirst century - FamilyEducation
Our ethics in the twentyfirst century
06/26/2008 at 07:08 AM

Any ideas and experience with standing up against  juggernauts are welcome here.  The problem that leads me to start this board is specifically about broadcast media, but that problem is not the only one that exists. 

 If you have a problem with a company that is headquartered in New York, the number there for inforrmation is (212) 555-1212.  This is the US, so it is important to "follow the money" when you want to have influence.  I would suggest  a single comment on their comment line or whatever it is called.  Be respectful, state what action they have taken that troubles you, and state what action you will be taking.  State what action the corporation could take to repair the damage they have done, to any individuals, to their customers, to our world-view.

Then figure out who the customers of the company are, and contact them.  Be respectful.  Be honest.  It is okay if you are a little emotional, this is an emotional issue, but don't get mad.  Get it done! 

 Interaction with the internal comment structure (like message boards) is a bit counterproductive.  Contacting media outlets external to the company would be more useful.  Word of mouth, phone calls, e-mail, letters to your local paper and radio and TV stations.  Remember to contact the local outlet and that outlet's parent corporation.  And share your successes.  I'm not finished with this.

Here is a question I would like to see on the NBC message boards, if you were going to post there anyway. Even if I set up alternate e-mail identities, NBC recognizes my IPP and shuts my browser People keep saying that these children will not suffer long term ill-effects. And the supposed target audience is sexually active teenagers. So doesn't that add up to teaching teenagers that it is OK to needlessly put your child in some similar situation in which the baby is enduring long term extreme distress? ----------------------------------------------------------- It would also be good if somebody could suggest on the NBC message boards that people stop posting there and take the information out to the larger community where it can do some good I'm sending the letter below to every newspaper in my state. To the editor: I didn't watch "Baby borrowers" last night. I didn't have to. I know that people can get caught up in the moment and do stupid things. If you would like to call NBC at (212) 664-4444, ask for their comment line, and express an opinion, I would be delighted. If you would like to share that phone number with your friends, that would be great, too. It would also be good to call *my local NBC affiliate* at (***) ***-****, and *parent corporation* at (***) ***-**** . If you have friends in other media markets, urge them to call their local NBC affiliate and the company that owns that affiliate. There were a few TV-watching households in the country last night, I don't know where, that didn't have the opportunity to watch the show. Some DirectTV outlet showed a movie instead. It was a dumb movie. It was a smart DirectTV outlet. If you don't have any idea what I am writing about, then you have been blessed. Don't worry about it. But you could still call NBC and *** and ********** *************. You could say this nice lady wrote a letter to the paper and that she thought they did something that was really stupid. And wrong. My Name My Address My Phone Number

What ethics. Ethics are for individual people because companies, governments etc don't have them. In Britain we have a succession of useless Governments. Tony Blair may have gone, but Gordon Brown is already causing discontent. We have an archaic monarchy system. Our Queen is on of the richest people in the world, yet as a nation we still provide her with everything. Not only her but all the other royal hangers-on. Over there in America you have your own set of problems. Georgie Bush being the biggest of them. Do you really think things will improve when he's gone. Probably not. We as individuals have to try and rely on our own ethics. We don't shop in places like Asda [Wallmart to you], Gap etc because we know that sweatshops are involved in their trade. We boycott companies like Nestle etc.We try to re-cycle as far as possible and minimise our carbon footprint. We don't have a car as we are happy enough with public transport. There is enough pollution without us adding to it. We feel that at least we can have peace of mind knowing that we are doing our bit to lessen the mess that this planet is in. As for the ethics of this show, there are none. It is a very badly thought out experiment in which small beings are the ultimate victims. Shame on the producers, NBC, and all who were involved in the making of this travesty.

My continuing effort, I got it on the NBC board with the help of a friend. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists has an opinion about the baby and toddler episodes. I hope NBC listens. As for the remaining episodes, about relating with school age children and adolescents and old people, it seems to me that the real subtext of the show is that being part of a family is too hard. There are teenagers who have no choice but to step up and help take care of other children, and many of them do a fine job, and it is not fair. There are teenagers who have no choice but to step up and help take care of grand-parents who have dementia, and many of them do a fine job, and it is not fair. Families take care of each other. It is often very difficult, but it is important. The way to build someone's self esteem is to let them find out that they can do things that are both difficult and important, not to tell them that they are incapable and insignificant. And teenagers with high self esteem are less likely to get pregnant. Please cancel the rest of the season.