Whistleblowing is nothing new. Employees for centuries have observed and reported fraud, waste, and abuse in their workplace. However, our general attitudes toward whistleblowing and its importance in exposing misconduct have changed over time. In this chapter I examine these attitudes toward snitching and changes in work organizations that have increased the necessity of whistleblowing.
Regardless of its particular form, snitching is widely condemned in U.S. society. Most Americans view "rats" and "moles" as lowlife in both the human and rodent worlds. What are the origins of these negative attitudes and has the social acceptance of snitching changed over time?
A primary source of the negative attitudes toward snitching is early childhood experiences. Children develop a neg