To shill a Mockingbird


Toshill a Mockingbird

Toshill a Mockingbird

TheHarper Lee situation creates a complete state of ethical dilemma. Asa publisher who is expected to work on the manuscripts of, Go Set aWatchman, it will be quite challenging to work out the case and comeup with a decision that fully suffices. Choosing to go on and publishthe manuscripts brought by Ms. Tonja Lee will be a show to thegeneral public that I am more interested in the returns that theprinted copies will bring rather than sticking to the alleged wishesof Ms. Lee for the manuscripts not to bepublished.On the other hand, choosing not to publish the article could deny mypublishing firm huge amounts of money. Regardless of the prevailingcircumstances, however, various guiding provisions will enable me tocome up with a more worthwhile decision that is more likely to holdwater. It is quite important to make the right decision regardingthis issue since it willeffect a lot of people(Tucker, 2015). The most important of all is Ms. Lee herself. Itwould be more sensible to makea decision that is consistent with her actual wishes. The decision isalso likely to have an effect on her family since publishing thearticle will add a substantial fortune to her estate. In the samemeasure, publishing against her will would be a complete spat on herfamily. The general public would also feel offended by the decisionif it turned out that the wishes of Lee were not respected.

Thedecision that ismadeneeds to have an element of goodwill in the bigger population. In theDefining Moments video, Joseph Badaracco Jr quotes philosopher J.SMill in his utilitarianism belief in which he indicates that inwhatever decision that a human being undertakes, he needs to beguidedby the general principle of creating, ‘greatest happiness for thegreatest number of people’ (Badaracco 1997). He indicates that thisis what constitutes to responsible behavior.

Giventhe situation that I will be in, it will be more crucial to rely onsome pieces of information which will play a huge role in making memaking a better decision as it relates to the case. One of suchpieces of information is the motivation that could have made Ms. Leenot want the manuscript published. Her attorney has come up to saythat Lee warmed up to the idea of publishing the manuscript after thearticle shot and became atop the bestseller lists five months beforethe publication date (Tucker, 2015). Thisprovidessome form of the doubt given that Ms. Lee has had a successful careeras an author in the past. Her works were already well known. Giventhe situation, she was well aware that, Watchman had a highlikelihood of bringing in more sales if it werepublished.Thisshowsthat her decision to choose not to publish it had very little to dowith the money aspect and the returns that the article would provide.The decision can belinkedto a more inner feeling of attachment to the work that Ms. Lee didnot want other people to get a holdof.

Thehealth status of Ms. Lee also pricks a hole in the allegations madeby her attorney. Since she is presumably deaf, blind and of limitedmental capacity, It appears quite suspicious that she would be in ana good condition to engage Ms. Carter in conversation in which shedecided that shewould want her manuscript published (Tucker, 2015). Even if she didtalk about the manuscript, the information that she provided could,therefore, not be taken seriously at such a time. Thisisbecause she was not of sound mind at the time and any decision thatseemed to overturn the ones that she made when she was very okaycould not besustained.

Variousactions would play a possible response to this situation. One of themwould be to take Ms. Carter’s word and go ahead and publish themanuscripts made by Ms. Lee. This decision will bebasedon the view that being her lawyer, Ms. Carter was able to convinceLee of the importance of publishing the manuscript in the firstplace.The other response would involve a complete disregard of the words ofthe attorney and shyingaway from publishing the manuscript (Tucker, 2015). Thiswillbebasedupon the information that was obtained from Ms. Lee herself when shewas of sound mind. At that time, her stand was on not publishing thearticle. The other reasoning behind such a situation would be moreedged on the fact that most people are against publishing thematerial and this would aim to respect the views that the generalpublic has regarding the issue.

Thegeneral effect of the actions that I shall take about the situationis that it will make people have some given level of attituderegarding my publishing house. There is a chance that going ahead andpublishing the manuscript will make people believe that I am moreinterested in money than respecting the wishes of other people(Tucker, 2015). There is also a chance that my publishing firm couldbe subjected to some court suits if I were to go ahead and publishthe manuscript. The failure to publish the manuscript could fail tobring it to light and deny the estate of Ms. Lee the much-anticipatedinput regarding the cash flow that would berealizedas a result.

Giventhe information that is available, I would decide not to publish themanuscript. Thisisbecause the decision will act for the general good of other people aswell as myself. The decision would also be in sync with theBadaracco’s four Frameworks for a decision. These are best net/netwhich involves looking out for the best of other people. It alsoinvolves individual rights in what would be respecting the rights ofMs, Lee (Badaracco 1997). The other one would be the message sent bythe character. Through choosing not to publish the article, I shallbe sending the right message that I am not just interested in moneyat the expense of other things. The last issue on this would be, whatwill work in the world as it is and this would be more people wouldbe satisfied with the decision. This decision would also beincoherent with my personal value of respecting the wishes of otherpeople. This decision would be ethical since it does much less harmto a less number of people.


BadaraccoJ.L. (1997). DefiningMoments.Video

Tucker,N. (2015). Toshill a Mockingbird: How a manuscript’s discovery became HarperLee’s ‘new’ novel.The Washington Post