Monthly Archives: January 2006

How Much Profit is Too Much?

Yesterday, ExxonMobil announced its 2005 profits–the largest of any corporate entity in any year in history. $36.13 billion, of which $23.2 billion was distributed to shareholders (up $8.3 billion over last year’s distribution. The company obviously feels embarrassed by its

Posted in Business Ethics

Ken Lay's Trial: It's About Time!

Let’s see…if I’m not mistaken, it is now 2006. If I recall correctly, we are talking about an indictment that was handed down in 2004, for crimes allegedly committed in 2001 and earlier. You’ve got to wonder–would it have taken

Posted in Business Ethics

The Ethics of Publishing a Liar's Memoir

I’ve been quietly following the James Frey flap for a couple of weeks now. This is the guy who got Oprah’s endorsement for his “memoir” of addiction, jail time, and so forth (I will not make it easier to locate

Posted in Media Ethics

Catching Unethical Photo Manipulation

We’ve all shared a laugh as improbable images cloned together in Photoshop make their way across the Internet. The problem is that image manipulation can be used very unethically–to fudge scientific results, for example A Boston Globe story documents how

Posted in Media Ethics

Extraordinary Photos of Cross-Species Communication

A bit off-track for this blog, but this has to be shared: these pictures of elephants, eagles, whales, etc seem so human, and the organizers claim they’re unretouched. Those in southern California may want to seek out the exhibit in

Posted in Other

Yet Anther Reminder: Ethics Scandals Have Victims

This from a financial currency exchange newswire: A corporate scandal involving Livedoor, a Japanese high tech company caused such a big drop in the stock market that trading had to halt on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. People get hurt when

Posted in Business Ethics

Are Progressives/Liberals Finally Reclaiming the Values Turf?

I went to a bookstore the other day and noticed two books prominently displayed on the same front table: Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, by none other than former President Jimmy Carter, and a Beacon Press anthology, Global Values

Posted in General Commentary, Other

PR and a Mega-author: Susan Harrow Makes Over Malcolm Gladwell

​​​​I have a lot of respect for media coach/PR queen Susan Harrow, author of one of my favorite PR books (Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul) and the go-to person if you want your author on Oprah. I’ve subscribed to

Posted in Marketing Trends/News

Nice remark from another copywriter colelague, Mordechai “Morty” Schiler, in his blog: While I’m still grappling with integrating marketing and principles, Shel Horowitz has made a career of balancing the two. I’m hoping his “grappling” will lead him to sign

Posted in Business Ethics, Shel's Personal Life

Microsoft Bows to Chinese Censors

The New York Times reports that China pressured Microsoft to take down a blog that mentioned a journalist strike at a Chinese paper following the firing of a journalist. The blog was hosted on a server in the U.S. Mr.

Posted in Ethics in Government, Media Ethics

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