Lecture8 - The limitations of online friendship may prevent...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 8 Ethics in IT Societies II
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2 Virtual Reality and Role Playing Games In VR and RPG's, people interact using avatars. Avatars are software generated images of characters in the games. Avatars are controlled by people using keyboard input. Avatars interact with other people's avatars. They may establish a relationship over time. Ethical issues? How should we relate avatar behavior to human behavior?
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3 Friendship and Social Networking Modern friendship is a socio-technical system. Friendship is mediated by: Facebook, email, chat rooms, IM, etc. Can true friendship be formed online?
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Unformatted text preview: The limitations of online friendship may prevent true friendship. The internet environmnet distorts what people reveal about their character (Cocking and Matthews). IT structures our online identity. Example: Facebook Most commonly friendships are maintained both online and offline. The internet allows connections to be maintained more easily over long distances. 4 Social Networking in the News Form 4 groups. Each group reads news article(s). For the class: 1) Summarize the article(s) 2) What does it say about the internet and society or the internet and friendship? 3) What ethical issues are raised (if any)?...
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