View Full Version : Morality Test
Chandos the Red
Mon, 9th Aug '04, 7:23am
This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. Please don't answer it without giving it some serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test where you stand morally.
The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision one-way or the other. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.
Please scroll down slowly and consider each line - this is important for the test to work accurately.
You're in Florida...In Miami, to be exact... There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods. There are huge masses of water forming devastating waves. You are a news photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster.
The situation is nearly hopeless - but you know that you will escape alive. You're trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power, and is ripping everything away with it.
Suddenly, you see a man in the water, and he is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer.
Somehow the man looks familiar. And suddenly you know who it is - it's George W. Bush! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away ... forever.
You have two options. You can try to save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So, you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo. A unique photo displaying the death of one of the world's most powerful men.
And here's the question: (Please give an honest answer)
Would you select color film, or go with the simplicity of classic black and white?
Mon, 9th Aug '04, 8:31am
Black and white. It would look better on the cover of Time magazine.
Though colour would look better on the cover of Mad...
Mon, 9th Aug '04, 8:37am
Colour to better catch all the nuances of the raging torrent of water and mud and the fear in his eyes. ;)
This one was low Chandos, but somewhat amusing.
Mon, 9th Aug '04, 12:13pm
Would you select color filmYou bet; I could afterwards edit it with computer to make it greyscale. (So I'd get both.)
Pulitzer, come to papa... :cool:
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:16am
You can't publish that photo anyway without being executed for not helping the President! Btw I think I would try to resue him - he's a human after all and I couldn't sleep peacefully anymore if I wouldn't.
Funny thread, but you should've made it a poll!
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:53am
@Maertyn, what if you claimed that you took the photo at the last possible moment and had no time to even get near enought to attempt to save the (ex (in this hypothetical morality situation)) president. This would also increase the value of the photo as it would show Bush's last living moments rather than just those somewaht prior to.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:58am
Colour all the way! Olé!
And by the way, this was a low blow, you had me going on this one.
@Maertyn: but *could* you sleep peacefully knowing you had a chance to most likely prevent many innocent deaths by letting drown, and choose to act otherwise?
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 1:45am
Colour. I'd throw an inflated rubber ring with a hole in it too to make me look like a hero :)
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 1:59am
Colour. You can always grayscale it later.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 2:05am
I would take the photo in Black and White to give it a sense of historic perspective. Like a scene from an old Chaplin movie for instance (The Great Dictator II?). But there must already be great moments caught on camera of that psychotic, lying drink-driver. Like when he was choking to death on that pretzel - I'd love to have seen the way his legs shook and popped around as he clawed at his throat, desperately gulping for air. Hoo, boy - if the White House have CCTV footage of that they should release it on DVD, backed with comic piano music and a voiceover track of Iraqi schoolkids laughing at his hateful, shuddering face.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 3:51am
Color. And BTW, you are under no legal obligation to be a good samaritan and save anyone, even the President (you can claim that you feared for you own safety and didn't see a reason to throw two lives away if you were ever challenged).
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 4:03am
I'd ancor the camera to something and set it to video capture, then I'd go save him. Once saved, I would take two snap-shots from the video (George struggling for his life, or me saving him), and see which one sells for more. :evil: :rolling:
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 4:54am
Not being American, I was somewhat worried at first that I wouldn't be able to give an honest answer, but that said, in a situation like this, I would most likely go for B&W every time as it does lend a certain timelessness to photos.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 9:42am
Many people miss the point of this... Black and white is pointless because you can just convert color into black and white but the other way around is difficult.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 10:05am
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:13pm
I'd go with a nice sepia tone on a high shutter speed to crisply capture his writhing...
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:25pm
Who writhes when they drown? Flounder maybe. Or sturgeon.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:39pm
I always had a thing for black and white photos, they just look better. But I wouldn`t want to put Bush in a good light so I think I would use color.
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 12:41pm
I liked the joke better when it was fitted for Osama, but I guess it works with Bush too :grin:
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 1:31pm
Does the camera have a 'video' function? Possibly with sound? I could add a National Geographic narration. "And now... we see the Gorgeous Bushious Junia out of his natural habitat. As you can see, this species does not survive well - away from CIA agents and the international spectrum. Usually this situation can be avoided if the creature possesses a select trait shared by few Bushes that we know as 'common sense'. And now a clip of how this subject arrived in this situation...
"Gee General, looks like we're stuck on this little hill and the water level keeps rising."
"I'd suggest we wait here Mr. President. The helicopter is on its way. ETA: one minute."
"Dear God! We'll be drowned by then! I'm going to cross now while the water level is as low as it is."
"I wouldn't suggest that, Mr. President. That current is moving awfully fast."
"Nonsense! I thought I hired you to lead my armies in a great crusade. Don't you be acting all poppy-cock on me now. You think just because I'm from Texas that I don't know what water is? Well I'll tell you right now that we get about 2mm of rain a year so we KNOW what this water stuff is. Now, I'm going to cross. You can stay here and die if you want, but I'm going to go down fighting!"
"Sir the Helicopter is just 100 yards to your left... if you'd just wai-"
"'GO DOWN FIGHTING!' I said!"
Tue, 10th Aug '04, 8:39pm
*smiles & waves goodbye to the president and then starts taking pictures*
What was Mr. Bush doing in Miami in the first place? Hmmm...maybe there's a story too...hey, that could mean more cash! :D
*Puts camera into her backpack and rushes to her hotel room for her tape recorder*
Wed, 11th Aug '04, 12:00am
Would want image in Photoshop ASAP, so I could start right away marketing "Drowning Bush" coffee mugs, t-shirts, refrigerator magnets, etc.
Wed, 11th Aug '04, 1:20pm
color. first time i heard this one was a couple of years ago but the guy was then philippine president, Erap Estrada haha
Wed, 11th Aug '04, 10:18pm
Color. And I would produce toilet papers which have that photo on them.
Thu, 12th Aug '04, 4:12am
Well color i guess but since i know im going to make it, why not save a life while im at it?
Sun, 15th Aug '04, 12:29pm
Colour definitely :D . And no rescue attempt, he wouldn't bother trying to save anything, why should he be saved?
Sun, 15th Aug '04, 1:01pm
Like I said, black and white. Just more artistic.
If he is going to have one last moment of fame, it should be captured as art.