24 June 2008

A Follow-Up To: “Self-Created Legitimacy — Is It Ethical?”

Back in May, I wrote about an episode of “The Office” in which the former-temp-gone-executive, Ryan, has ordered the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin to work late to place real-time orders into the newly launched corporate site. The purpose was to make the website appear like a legitimate usage of corporate funds.

In that post, I asked if this was ethical. No one bit and offered their take. I withheld my thoughts, but was glad to see that the writers were in my camp. Is it ethical to self-create legitimacy? The writers said no, as was apparent in their follow up to Ryan’s decision: he was arrested.

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