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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

14 New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

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

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