Transgressive Advocacy: People Are More Likely To Excuse Others’ Lies When They Support Shared Morals
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Allison Mueller is a seventh-year doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago working with Dr. Linda Skitka. Her research broadly focuses on the “dark side” of morality: how and why people behave immorally in everyday life. Prior to starting graduate studies at UIC, she earned her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in 2009.

                       

Transgressive Advocacy: People Are More Likely To Excuse Others’ Lies When They Support Shared Morals

In 2012, Mike Daisey appeared on the radio show This American Life to showcase excerpts from his famous monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” The goal of the monologue was to reveal Apple’s unethical practices at their Chinese manufacturing factory, Foxconn. On the air, Daisey claimed that the first thing he observed at Foxconn were angry guards with large guns stationed at the entrance of the factory. His descriptions of the conditions within the factory were no...

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