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Morality in the Society One of the common indictments that many people have made about modern American culture is that we seem to have somewhat of a crisis in morality While it can be generally agreed upon that this is the case different groups have different visions of the nature and causes of the moral problem An example of the problem in America today would be the crimes of the corporate leaders such as Kenneth Lay of Enron and many others who have been shown to be lying and cheating the American people On one side of the argument are those who claim that these types of crimes represent individual moral failings on the part of the person This position argues that individuals should be held accountable and punished On the other side are those who think the problems are more systemic and that larger more complex issues about our very culture need to be evaluated In reality the questionable moral judgments of the Enron leaders and others are reflections of a larger trend in America in which people seem to be willing to bend their morality in the name of making profits An example of this comes in Seabrooks book Nobrow where he finds MTV President Judy McGrath presiding over a rather vulgar rehearsal of a Snoop Doggy Dogg song for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards Seabrook points out that As a leading influence in youth MTV had an important role to play as a teacher and communicator and by and large it took the role seriously 75 This idea that MTV took their role seriously is directly contradicted by McGraths lame justification for hyping a Snoop song that glorified pot smoking violence drinking and pimping all in one five minute package As McGrath put it Musically Snoop is happening now and we have a responsibility to our viewers to show that It is sort of scary where
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