Every year, Global Compliance watches hours upon hours of television to track the ethics of the characters on the show. Not the personal ethics, the business ethics. Surprisingly, the occupation-based shows are the biggest violators of business ethics, with NBC’s Emmy-winning hit comedy 30 Rock being the biggest ethics violator. The average episode of 30 Rock has 11 ethics violations in 30 minutes, with the biggest ethics violator being the show’s best character. If you’ve ever seen the show, there’s no doubt that Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy is the funniest, least ethical person on television. Fictional NBC president Jack Donaghy is not one to take anyone’s ethics seriously if it gets in the way of business.
Interestingly enough, it seems as though the ethics violations (or at least the ethics violations listed) are on broadcast television, not cable or YouTube video. If network TV has big offenders, imagine how bad cable television must be! I shudder to think how many ethics violations It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia can rack up in 30 minutes.
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