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Let Empathy Be Your Guide
WithPaul Martin Lester, Stephanie A. Martin, Martin Smith-Rodden

In Rawls' thought experiment for his veil of ignorance philosophy, no one class of people is entitled to advantages over any other. Not knowing the demographic and cultural specifics of another should result in an attitude of mutual respect. As with the tune, Rawls' work is considered an answer to prejudice and discrimination as it too is a call for empathy. As traditional print outlets gradually fade and become replaced by online media, many visual reporters and producers have found ways to tell insightful and moving stories through a combination of still and moving images, audio, and interactive features. Newspapers, magazines, and television stations throughout the world offer viewers a chance to test their level of empathy by the content presented. Feeling the suffering of other people is fatiguing. It leads to burnout. It leads to withdrawal. Virtual reality productions are not the only sources for teaching empathetic responses.