Is cheating still cheating if everyone else is doing it?

This article is in reference to our class discussion on the topic of cheating to gain an advantage. This article uses the prime example of Lance Armstrong to demonstrate the reasons people have for cheating in their sport. The author refers to cheating in order to level the playing field as the Lancer Factor. This article was interesting because it brought up how the Lancer Factor is evident in things other than sports. In class we specifically referred to this topic in terms of the sports setting, however there are examples of how this exists elsewhere. The examples given in this article were when doing business innovation is necessary for survival so leaders make immoral decisions to stay afloat. The Lancer Factor is also evident in academics because everyone is competing to score higher than each other so they turn to cheating to gain a competitive edge. In order to keep up everyone else must cheat so they are not at a disadvantage.

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This article did an amazing job in expressing cheating in the sports world and out of the sports world. It is astonishing to me that cheating is now being viewed as a way to "level the playing field", I honestly have never viewed cheating this... more »This article did an amazing job in expressing cheating in the sports world and out of the sports world. It is astonishing to me that cheating is now being viewed as a way to "level the playing field", I honestly have never viewed cheating this way. It is sad to think that cheating is becoming necessary to survive. Like the math test example given in the article. Every mom responded to their child because they did not want their child to fall behind even if it was the wrong thing to do. If a mom did not respond with an answer to their child would their child think of themselves as a failure because their mom was the only one who didn't reply? Would the child think their parent wants them to fail? It is crazy to see how much cheating can impact our lives; not just doing better on an exam but what it does to our relationships. Is cheating becoming a new normal in society? 05-29-2016 4:16pm

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Comment by Shelby Monson

I like this article because it really makes you think the effects of cheating. It also help people realize that even though everyone is doing it, it still is cheating no matter what. This article really gets me thinking about soccer and how I see... more »I like this article because it really makes you think the effects of cheating. It also help people realize that even though everyone is doing it, it still is cheating no matter what. This article really gets me thinking about soccer and how I see cheating subtly occur in games from both the opponents and myself. It gets me thinking if I should stop doing it or continue doing it because I will be at a disadvantage if I stopped. 05-31-2016 1:13pm

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