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The Ethics of “Almost”

The article that I read this week tells a story about how the writer almost died while driving on the interstate. This was because of poorly placed and poorly maintained signs. The writer then goes on to question, "was everyone involved with this particular sign to blame?" Did everyone do their par tin making the sign in question as best they could? No. He also goes on to say that everything that had to do with that sign was done "adequately," and only that. He eventually says that this can be viewed from an ethics standpoint. Do people or companies that make products porduce their goods just good enough to work and not, work well? I have seen this many times in my lifetime and I'm not even that old! The writer then brings in the example of brand new software. When a person buys a certain piece of software, they themselves become "beta testers." They have no idea what to look for and bugs and virusses are just "normal" for these things you buy. The truth is, they aren't. It's unethical to  release something that isn't finished and just seems finished. That's just bad business. This seems to have something in common with the crashing of the Obamacare website. The author ends with the statement, "I’m not implying that anyone in particular has been overtly “unethical” in their actions related to the website failure. What I am saying is that, as a society, we too often let our collective ethics slide a bit when we tolerate the superficial, the slipshod, and the “almost good enough.”"


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