Got Ethics?

Ethics seems like a thing of the past. Merging the line between right and wrong, especially when it comes to consumption through the internet. People everywhere want what they want, and they want it now… most importantly, they want it for free.

People everywhere are downloading music, movies, books, you name it, people can get it for free. The worst part is, we all expect it to be this way. I believe I do, because I don’t really know any other way. It also makes me laugh to think the thought of buying a CD or even DVD. Why buy it when you can get it for free, right?

I think the thing that people aren’t considering is the harm it’s doing to the artist or company/label supporting them. By not contributing directly to them, but getting it for free online, they need to source their income from somewhere else aside from the fans or record sales. This is done mostly through advertising and sponsorship of products they usually don’t even support. Do you really think 50 Cent enjoys vitamin water THAT much?

As piracy attempts to be monitored and eliminated, we all have ways around it ie. getting it for free. Ways like the exchange of downloads between friends. I mean the initial download is illegal, but sharing it with your friends isn’t… right? We’re really pushing boundaries between what is, and what is not ethical within the internet.

These ethics are basically shared values and beliefs among us all. For the majority, it’s considered ‘wrong’ from a corporate view point, but because it’s benefitting the society as a whole, we believe it to be okay. This collective thinking has now made for a new norm.

So, I recognize it’s wrong. Does that mean I have to buy CD’s now?