Imagine you are in charge of a major streaming video service, such as Netflix. Distributors want you to
carry their pseudo-documentaries, and to list them as regular documentaries for the viewing audience. What should you
do? Do you carry these films? Do you list them as documentaries? Do you warn the audience in any way about them, and
if so, how? How do you even identify which films to be concerned about? How do you respond if you are accused of
censorship on one hand, or helping to mislead the public on the other? Lastly, knowing what you know now from our
readings and discussions this semester about how people think, what do you expect the consequences of showing these
films as documentaries might be, why do you think so, and how does that influence your decision?
Write an essay that takes a position on this ethical dilemma. In your introduction, describe the dilemma, making sure to
include the different perspectives or positions. Then, in your thesis statement, argue for your position about the ethical
dilemma. In other words, what would you do in the ethical dilemma you just described? You will support your position
with reasoning based on your personal experiences, your unique background, and your core beliefs as they relate to your
chosen dilemma. You will also address the counter-arguments to demonstrate that you have considered objections or
limitations to your position before you come to your conclusion.
Tips for Writing this Essay:
This paper asks that you to reflect on your personal beliefs and identify aspects of your belief system, as these apply to an
ethical dilemma. Some of these questions may help you to develop your essay and to think critically: do you have a
similar personal experience, situation, or know of someone who does? Did any of your research focus on a similar
dilemma? As you think about your core beliefs, describe why you believe the way you do and think about where these
core beliefs might come from. What is your unique background that influences how you think? Is it your race, gender,
religion, ethnic heritage, family traditions, and/or family values? Could your core beliefs been influenced by specific
family members, friends, teachers, mentors, coaches, and/or religious leaders? Could your core beliefs come from
something that you have read or heard? Use these questions (and more) to provide the analysis for your position.
You should also review your notes, other course readings, oe our online discussions. Review the book, Skeptics’ Guide,
noting specific chapters and/or passages that refer to the focus of your ethical dilemma. Finally, review your research
from your researched argumentative essay, noting specific passages that refer to your ethical dilemma.