Because of video, smartphone cameras, YouTube and social media, we’ve recently seen war declared, the NFL shaken up and standards of professional behavior and ethics shockingly degraded:

1) The ear-nose-throat specialist who biopsied Joan Rivers at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in Manhattan paused to take a selfie with the star while she was anesthetized. Right after, Rivers went into cardiac arrest and died a week later. The clinic’s medical director is no longer working there and Rivers’ daughter is suing.

Was the selfie a contributing factor in Rivers’ death? Should the Hippocratic Oath be updated to “I will not take selfies with patients without their permission and never while they’re unconscious.”

No update is needed. The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath already stipulates: “I will respect the privacy of my patients.”

2)This one is funny — unless you happen to be a senior officer in the Queen’s Grenadier Guards. Tourists flock to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard. Last month, one guard was caught on camera marching to a different beat, punctuating the traditional walk with a smartly executed pirouette, extended poses and, as the New York Times put it, “several other, subtler kinds of movement wit.”

Alas, while the Grenadier may have delighted onlookers (including 2.1 million people who have viewed the video) the powers that be were not amused. He’s been threatened with imprisonment and reassignment. Is his behavior a disgraceful lowering of standards? Should he be punished for disobeying military orders and disrespecting his uniform? Should he be locked for life in the Tower of London? Or should he be celebrated for following his bliss?

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