I recently became extremely addicted to the television show Prison Break. Prison Break contains a little bit of everything—unethical behavior, an overly powerful government, and a corrupt society. This show is truly addicting, I actually watched the first three seasons in one month…all seasons are available on Netflix if anyone is interested!
The main character of the movie, Michael Scofield, has a brother who was wrongfully convicted of murder. The brother, Lincoln, is on death row and has been denied an appeal. Michael concocts a plan to break his brother out of prison before he executed. Scofield has the entire blue print of the prison tattooed on his back and uses the piping throughout the prison to escape. During the first season, Scofield and Lincoln make their escape during the first few seasons. The one main problem is that the government and wealthy companies are behind the cover-up.
The man Lincoln has allegedly “killed” is the brother of the Vice President of the United States. This man was also head of the company that Lincoln and his father once worked at. The show continues to unravel the numerous government cover-ups and illegal company funding for political figures. The main focus of the show follows Michael Scofield and his escape from prison and the Vice President’s and company efforts to silence anyone who threatens to tell the truth about the Vice President’s brother. Many of the witnesses face ethical dilemmas in decided whether or not to tell the truth and risk their lives or lie and continue to appease the government.
What I find most interesting is the length the government is willing to go in order to cover up a scandal. I know this is not real life, but it makes me wonder what our actual government tries to cover up in order to protect themselves. How far are people willing to go to protect themselves, their company, or their family? Is it unethical to break the rules if it means saving someone else? Does being in a position of power mean that you are above the law or that you are required to follow a stricter ethical code?