To help or not?

You’re a journalist for a big American outfit — CNN. You’re in China when an earthquake hits. You’ve got a car and some empty seats and people beg you to take them to the hospital, which isn’t the way you’re headed or the job you have.

What do you do?

  • c

    wow i thought that was a no brainer

  • http://theuptake.org Noah Kunin

    You bring them. That link reminds me of this:

    http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/odds_and_oddities/ultimate_in_unfair.htm

    Look, you can’t fool yourself into thinking that scaring a vulture away from a starving child or helping out five people in a group of thousands of injured is going to make a significant difference – and maybe that CNN reporter is “right” that the “story” is more important. But there is a moral core to the human brain and it doesn’t operate on those abstract concepts.

  • http://www.skyseastone.net/jvstin/ Paul

    I would have thought it would be a no brainer.

  • Bob Collins

    Let’s complicate it a little more, then. Your coverage of the tragedy awakens a sleeping world to the severity of the calamity, and as a result of your work, aid pours into the region and even a long-defensive government begins to accept help for the people who desperately need it.

    Or you can take two people to the hospital.

    Now what?

  • c

    duh.

    take the two injured people to the hospital. the word will get out.

    the guy tries to play it off that he is doing his job where i see it as choosing to get recognition on your input of a story.

    totally soulless