'The Third Man' and ethics

Freshman Oliver Lane, a student last semester in Michael Burri’s “’The Third Man’ and Espionage Film” Critical Writing seminar, had his opinion piece published in the Fall 2016 issue of Media Ethics. (Read it here.)

In ‘Why we should use ‘The Third Man’ when teaching ethics classes,’ the British-born Lane argues that the 1949 classic film noir “encapsulates much of the complexity of human behavior (cq) so well” that it should be included in the curriculum of every introductory ethics class.

Because “nothing is entirely what it seems”, Lane writes, ‘The Third Man; “… is symbolic of the reality of the human experience.” The characters represent ‘the reality of human nature: No one is either entirely morally ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, we have highly complex moral outlooks.’