The Ethical Impact Of Online Gambling And The Entertainment Industry

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Advances in technology over the last several decades have had major impacts on the entertainment industry. For instance, as gambling has made its shift onto the Internet, there have been a number of moral and ethical issues that have arisen. Whether its people playing underage, people committing acts of fraud, or people becoming addicted, online gambling presents many dangers to its participants and the rest of society. Although there are several problems with online gambling, there are also many positive features associated with this new phenomenon. According to Aristotle’s virtue ethics, online gambling can promote happiness and encourage good character if used properly. It is important to note however that not all forms of online gambling are virtuous. For instance, although someone gambling small increments of money online once or twice a week can be classified as virtuous; someone who gambles excessive amounts of…show more content…
By understanding the golden mean, one can achieve a proper balance between insufficiencies and over-indulgence. Individuals who are able to control the amount of time and money they gamble are successfully able to achieve the golden mean. By giving oneself a sufficient amount of time and money to gamble, one shows that they are able to fulfill the virtue of temperance. Should the individual had not given themselves sufficient time and money to gamble, they would be deficient in the amount of temperance they should have exercised, which would be a vice. On the other hand, should the individual spend too much time and money on gambling, they would be in excess of the amount of temperance they should have used, which would also be a vice. Furthermore, many of the behaviors seen in compulsive gamblers would lead to more vices, since continuing to gamble would likely result in deficiencies in honesty and respect, and an excess in

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