Film Review- Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich, Silkwood Essay

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Film Review- Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich, Silkwood

In today's society, business ethics and morals play a crucial role in corporations. Over the last decade, consumers have become more aware of the exploitation, greed, and environmental destruction by corporations. In the movies Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich, and Silkwood, the viewers are able to comprehend the impacts business decision-making could have on communities and their employee's families. In many of these corporate cases, there is a David, an average person, taking on an industry and winning.
A common theme of all three movies is the single mothers of the working class who confront powerful corporations and politicians in a man's world, which has abused and exploited them.
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According to the text Ethics and the conduct for business,
Whistle blowing is the voluntary release of nonpublic information, as a moral protest, by a member or former member of an organization outside the normal channels of communication to an appropriate audience about illegal and/or immoral conduct in the organization or conduct in the organization that is opposed in some significant way to the public interest (Boatright, 1997/2009).
Karen Silkwood made teleological choices with her whistle blowing because her desire was to establish accountability by management in the nuclear plant. By blowing the whistle on the factory, Silkwood felt it was a morally right choice. In Erin Brockovich, the whistle-blower is an individual who was a former employee of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). As an employee, he was to shred documents related to the corporate cover up of contamination in Hinkley, California. As he stated, “As it turns out, I was not a very good employee” (Erin Brockovich). The character struggled with his morals before coming forward with his knowledge. These characters made viewers realize how corporations and chemicals affect their daily lives. Whistle blowers are vital to the process of discovering such mishandled events. The author believes this was ethical for individuals to blow the whistle due to the severity of the cases and the impact on people's lives.
Each of the three films

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