PAPER II: Argumentative Essay (900-1100 words)
FINAL DRAFT: November 4th 2018
ABSTRACT: In 900-1100 words, grounded in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror,
Alexander Weinstein’s Children of the New World, or Karel Capek’s R.U.R., write an
argumentative essay exploring the thematic concept of business ethics and
PROMPT: Business ethics, as framed by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, is
the study of the ethical dimensions of productive organizations and commercial
activities, with business defined as a productive organization whose purpose is to
create goods and services for sale, usually at a profit. With R.U.R., Children of the New
World, or Black Mirror as your exhibit text, what role does/can literature (or film,
for Black Mirror’s case) function as when engaging with 21st century business
ethics? How might literature—both broadly conceived as well as more particularly
with your chosen exhibit text—help illuminate, problematize, hinder or advance
contemporary conceptions of business ethics in an increasingly mechanized and
digitalized business world?
You are strongly encouraged to connect the themes of your exhibit text to a current
trend in 21st century business, entrepreneurship, and technology; for example, if
your exhibit text were Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, perhaps you would connect the
novel’s themes to current trends in genomic research and questions concerning
designer babies, making an argument that Shelley’s novel functions as a cautionary
tale for not merely the unchecked hubris of scientists/engineers but rather, perhaps,
unregulated markets abroad and the human species at large.
Regardless of your paper’s connection between exhibit text and background
materials, your paper must make an argument about the thematic statement of
the exhibit text and must do so by incorporating appropriate engagements with
(and proper citations of) Background sources, Exhibit sources, and
Argumentative sources as follows:
• At least one peer reviewed academic article (Argument).
• At least two articles from the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street
Journal, or Washington Post (Background).
• At least one book review of exhibit text (Background/Argument)
• Multiple direct quotes and references to the text (Exhibit)