Is America Obsessed With Ethics?

How exactly did American life become so saturated with ethical dilemmas? From Deep Throat to Tom DeLay to journalists who invent characters and plagiarize each other’s work, hardly a day seems to go by anymore without someone, somewhere, causing severe moral outrage. “Does that proliferation mean we’ve become a less ethical society? It’s hard to know. One man’s blatant violation can be another’s technicality… Ethical questions that seem clear-cut in theory – I would never lie – can become complicated in reality.” Of course, gray areas of ethics have always existed, but only in the age of instant information and amateur journalism have they become so likely to cause serious problems for so many individuals.