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Topic for Discussion 1

Do you believe that what McGinniss did was wrong? What do you think about Malcolm’s assertion that the relationship between journalist and subject is always “morally indefensible”? Do you agree?

Topic for Discussion 2

Social interaction plays a big part in the jury process in the narrative; do you agree that this is always the case? If so, does this make the jury process seem more reliable or less reliable? Do you agree with Wambaugh that McGinniss didn’t have a jury of his peers?

Topic for Discussion 3

Why did Wambaugh seem to change his concept of his own profession between his letter to MacDonald and his testimony at McGinniss’s trial? Was he correct in either case? Do you think the writer-subject relationship can ever be straightforward? Is there any happy medium between scaring away the subject and deceit?

Topic for Discussion 4

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