Re: Who cares about ethics?

Subject: Re: Who cares about ethics?
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 06:46:31 -0700 (PDT)

--- Dawn Whitlock <dawn -dot- whitlock -at- tait -dot- co -dot- nz> wrote:
> How do you feel about the following statement:
> "Most professional technical communicators largely ignore the subject of ethics,
> despite regular articles in the STC?s Intercom magazine, believing ethics to be
> largely irrelevant to their professional development."

I feel that somebody is trying to pick a fight. Most people would say that of course
they care about ethics, because most people feel that their ethics are ingrained in
their behavior. Any actual issue might be in those areas where one person's ethics
don't match up with another's.

Personally, I wouldn't be looking in Intercom for discussions of ethics, though I
suppose that as a professional publication ethics in the profession would be within
the publication's purview. I look for ethical discussions in other places.

FWIW, I think my ethics are a big part of how I do my job. My ethical principles
require me to get the content right, to make sure that the work of others is
properly attributed, to ensure that the intellectual content of my employer is
protected, and to treat other people fairly.

Have I left something out?

Tom Murrell
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com Last Updated 03/11/2003
--Don't take yourself too seriously; nobody else does.--
(thanks to Bill Sullivan for the inspiration <g>)

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