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Cyberspeech Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing  wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere,  but it is not where bodies live .... We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express  his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or  conformity .... Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement and context do not  apply to us.-- John Perry Barlow, founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation Ethics Case: Big Libel Anne and Bob have worked for Big Hamburger Company (BIG), a multinational corporation,  since they were in high school. Recently, a left-wing environmental activist group has decided to  take on BIG with hopes of starting a worldwide anti-BIG campaign. The group created a Web  site, described below, called Anti-BIG. Among other things, they encourage activists who agree  with them to print multiple copies of a "pamphlet" linked to the Web site and to distribute the  pamphlet outside BIG fast-food restaurants around the world. Anne reads one of the pamphlets  and decides to quit her job and join the picketers. Bob is thinking about doing the same. BIG is  seriously concerned about its reputation and the possible snowball effect of both the Web site  and the picketing. Virtual Reality: The Web Site The anti-BIG homepage features a list of questions that link to other Web pages 1. What is the connection between BIG and worldwide hunger?  This question links to a page explaining that First World countries and multinational  corporations exploit the people of Third World countries. For example, this site claims that  BIG along with several other giant corporations bought vast tracts of land in poor countries  from dollar-hungry rulers (often military) and privileged elites. These greedy citizens evicted the  small farmers who once grew food for their people. Millions of acres of the best farmland in  poor countries are being used to grow tea, coffee, and tobacco for the First World, while local  people are starving. BIG is directly involved in this economic imperialism, which keeps most  native people poor and hungry while others grow fat. Eating beef is a gross misuse of resources  because cattle consume vegetable products that can feed many more people than the beef  ultimately produced. Staple crops are exported from Third World countries, where most children  1
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are undernourished, to countries where it will be used to fatten cattle to be turned into burgers in  the First World.  2. "Why is it wrong for BIG to destroy rainforests?" 
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