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Thursday, January 26, 2006

An Ethics Problem? A Shopping Tip? Or Something Else....?

This shopping tip from wonderful "Regret the Error."

Ethics students: You don't have to comment on this. But you might want to.

3 comments:

sonresia said...

i honestly thought that the bit of commentary that was retracted was funny. and i think that a case can be made for it being parody, but i am not claiming to be an attourney...

....J.Michael Robertson said...

It was what we used to call "sophmoric," a word that really works here because it was probably written by sophomores. You are right that in context the intent may well have been clear and thus the possibility of a lawsuit was low. But someone probably pointed out that it was a joke by presumably privileged college kids at the expense of people a lot poorer, etc... So what do you think? A good-natured joke willfully misunderstood by the PC police or a cheap shot at the less fortunate?

pjhaughey said...

in the case of presumably privileged college kids writing for an audience of the like, i think it's safe to say that the urine comment falls within the sphere of "most readers will get that this is a joke." however, nobody likes to get sued, and a student reporter saying "it's safe to say," and a lawyer saying "it's safe to say," are two completely different things.