The podcast “Serial” became extremely popular a little while ago because of the way it was able to point out possible miscarriages in our justice system. Something similar in format, Missing Richard Simmons, has recently popped up as well. However, it isn’t about getting justice, but figuring out why Simmons decided to go off the radar. It does this, though, by digging exceptionally deep into his personal life and positing sometimes uncomfortable questions or hypothesis.
The author a recent Op-Ed about the serial asks when asking these sort of questions and exposing such private information can be considered crossing a moral line. I think this is a question that we have to periodically remind ourselves of and give a definition to. If we don’t constantly question whether or not what we’re doing is ethical or moral, then we risk going too far and damaging the lives of the innocent unnecessarily.
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