Ethics Round-Up

In our final ethics episode we rehash some old arguments and discuss different ethical theories using The Office episode Scott’s Tots as an example. We also play ‘lightning round ethics’ where we talk about everyday ethical scenarios. Enjoy!

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Eating eggs to get yolked

Thai cave rescue


Virtue Ethics


The Office episode Scott’s Tots


Autonomous Uber hits and kills a pedestrian:

Home Alone re-cut as a horror film:

The height of rudeness, according to Brad and Lachlan:



The Good Son (1993) is a creepy film. It stars a 12-year old Macaulay Culkin, about a year or two before puberty hit and tanked his career and a 12-year old Elijah Wood, about 15 years before puberty hit and tanked his career. In the film, Elijah Wood’s character is forced to stay with his cousins in Maine after his mother passes away and his father goes to Japan on business. While trying to process his mother’s death he discovers that his cousin, played by Culkin, is a manipulative psychopath. Even worse, since no one will believe Wood’s warnings, it is left to him to foil his cousin’s numerous murderous plans. Talk about a rough couple of weeks. Imagine losing your mum to cancer and then heroically saving peoples’ lives but, rather than being thanked, having those same people think you’re crazy.

I remember watching this film as a child simply because Macaulay Culkin was in it and I was such a big fan of his classics, such as Home Alone, and its worthy sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. I wonder how many other children stumbled across this movie for the same reason and were equally traumatised? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this movie as a kid and again as an adult, but, almost 20 years later, I think I am still recovering from watching the adorable and hilarious Kevin McCallister drown his brother in a bath-tub and shoot animals with a home-made crossbow.

In all, The Good Son is well shot, has a fantastic setting, and the acting is first class. However, the music sounds like it would be more appropriate for an adventure film rather than a psychological thriller. This unfortunate soundtrack, along with the decision to cast the endearing kid from Uncle Buck, My Girl, and Home Alone as a psychopath give the film an awkward, uncanny tone. Macaulay Culkin was certainly the gold-standard of child actors. He was so popular that he probably drew a bunch of kids to this film and he was such a fantastic actor that he probably traumatised most of them.


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