Monday, November 16, 2009

Ethics 101: That Which Is Normatively Advisable Is Not A Function Of Its Being Positively Possible

Posted by Alan Childress

Like cloning and karaoke.  And now the invention of the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk. Amazon has it on sale at a great price, though one that may not internalize all the societal costs of the product.  No worries!...  It warns you:  "For safety reasons, never use this product while driving."  Most of the reviews are positive, like:

I loved my Laptop Steering Wheel Desk so much I got one for my 90yr old mother. She is an avid crossword puzzle fan and now she can work on them while she is driving back and forth from bingo at the senior center. One cautionary note be careful of those jerks that stop at yellow lights, my poor mother rear ended one and the airbag drove the desk back into her 111ZbOSCLkL._SL500_AA250_ stomach which ruptured her spleen, well after a short down time I'm glad to say she is back on the road and cranking out those NY Times crosswords once again. Thanks Laptop Steering Wheel Desk you have made my mothers life more complete.

A commenter did not like the review above, saying, "Your mother should be paying attention to the road instead of her crossword puzzles. Those puzzles can wait, not her life or someone else's on the road."  Maybe the commenter is right, but really tomato, tomahto.  It's all just a normative opinion.

But one reviewer gave it five stars: "This has been a total lifesaver. It allows me to prop my sheet music against the wheel, allowing me to play the guitar with both hands while driving." To which a different commenter replies:  "I think you and your guitar are a threat to the safety of others on the road."

My son hates it when I say that a certain intersection or product is an accident waiting to happen. (Hey I teach torts.)  And so I now say that it is a mishap anticipating its own occurrence, just to annoy him. 

Just in time for Christmas!  Maybe I will get that for everyone instead of the GR8 TaT2 Maker.  That's a "home tattoo parlor" for those of you who do not speak fluent license plate yet.  For ages 6-12 (somehow outgr41pN4e1mHGLown by, and inapt for, the teens).

Update:  Amazon allows users to post their own product use pics! 

Hat Tip to discourse.net.

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