By David Small
In high school Latin class, Mrs. Gray caught me giving photocopies of my homework translations to my friend. She said it wasn’t “kosher.” We were allowed to help each other with homework, but apparently my interpretation of help crossed an invisible line of kosherness. While it was allowable for me to photocopy my homework for my friend, I shouldn’t have done it.
When I was in journalism school, I had to take a journalism ethics class that talked about propriety. We had lengthy discussions about whether to publish photos showing dead people at accident sites. Most of us decided that, for propriety’s sake, we wouldn’t. We could, but we wouldn’t. It wasn’t proper.
These lessons of kosherality and propriety came to mind this week when I was reading that, for probably the first time ever, Metro Weekly’s cover boy was an actively serving seaman.