New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI:
New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

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In this chapter, the authors discuss moral questions they apply each time they commit an act of journalism that goes beyond the basic “who, what, when, where, and why.” The moral question comes down to an equation that might be described as a social cost-benefit analysis. Their motive for traveling with a human being who had been damaged by the economy, in so fragile a state, was to use his story of quest and struggle to inform the larger world so that attitudes and policies might change, that may place a value on the worth of what they did. Maybe Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle was incomplete as it applies to journalism: yes, the act of observing someone or some event changes the observed, but perhaps the observer must change as well.

Keywords: moral questions; journalism; cost-benefit analysis; Werner Heisenberg; Uncertainty Principle

Chapter.  2710 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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