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Insider movie assignment

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Insider movie assignment

  1. 1. Bianca Butler Insider movie assignment Comm 421 10/14/14 I believe that Wigand did the right thing by blowing the whistle on Brown and Williamson. Wigand had to make a difficult decision about whether to testify against this big tobacco company because he was making six figures. His children attended a prestigious school, and he had good healthcare coverage for himself and his family. When Wigand did choose to give his statement about what B&W were doing, he jeopardized his family, salary, medical benefits, and way of life. Hackman and Johnson (2009) discuss the ethical issues involved in a person’s decision to reveal information: Determining whether or not to tell or conceal the truth is not the only dilemma surrounding access to data. Leaders also must choose when to release information and to whom and whether or not to reveal that they possess important knowledge. (p. 337) Whistle blowers have a choice to tell the truth or to let the truth go unknown. It is important for whistle blowers to choose wisely who they give important information to. Additionally, they must also be aware that what they are saying has value because once an individual blows the whistle, all of that company’s poor choices are discovered. “Powerful leaders frequently protect their status by attacking those they view as threats and justify their lofty positions by assuming that powerless people aren’t as qualified or valuable to the organization as they are” (Hackman & Johnson, p. 339). In the movie “The Insider,” Wigand was not seen as being as powerful as the top executives of B&W. The executives of B&W threatened and fired Wigand for no reason, then threatened Wigand and his family
  2. 2. Bianca Butler Insider movie assignment Comm 421 10/14/14 because they did not want him to leak out any information about what their company had been doing. Wigand had moral motivation to come forth with revealing evidence. Moral motivation is defined as “following through with choices” (Hackman & Johnson, p. 345). This is where individuals choose to do what they feel is right, but when these individuals choose to do right, there will be severe consequences. For example, an individual’s “security, health and social acceptance” will be in jeopardy (p. 345). In conclusion, I believe that Wigand did the right thing because he knew that he could not live with that type of secret, knowing that he had information about how B&W used highly addictive and carcinogenic additives to make consumers even more addicted to cigarettes. If I were Wigand, I would have done what he did and chosen to blow the whistle on the company.
  3. 3. Bianca Butler Insider movie assignment Comm 421 10/14/14 References Hackman, M. Z. & Johnson, C. E. (2009). Leadership: A communication perspective (5th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. Inc.

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