A few weeks ago, The Atlantic published a lengthy article that explored the death penalty in Texas and how state jurors “must first decide if the person will be a future danger” before someone could be sentenced to death. Texas jurors must answer the question “whether there is a probability that the defendant would commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society.” In other words, the law is asking its citizen to predict behavior.
Dan Kennedy took over our ethics class the past few weeks and it has been both refreshing and interesting to have a new perspective and voice on the topic. During this time, we touched upon a variety of dilemmas and subjects such as the algorithms used by social media giants like Facebook, media ownership and of course, the presidential election. He brought in guest speakers like Seth Gitell and Susan Ryan-Vollmar to discuss PR ethics and the role of LGBTQ media respectively.
But one discussion stuck with me the most — a sexual assault case reported by the Huntington News.
Dina Kraft, a faculty member at the Northeastern School of Journalism, began a post-election discussion panel with the sombre notion everyone woke up today to a different America we knew from yesterday. It was a statement that admittedly dismissed any Trump supporters in the room but one I completely related to (even if my Canadian passport is a ticket out of this country).