'Videoblogging' human rights on YouTube: An ethical dilemma
College of Liberal Arts
Information Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere: Impacts of Network Structures on Civil Society
This chapter discusses what happens when, instead of co-existing, our online and offline worlds clash. In an age where the difference between virtual reality and real life becomes almost impossible to distinguish, a re-examination of core values and ethics becomes a necessity to ensure that human decency is not abandoned and that ethical standards become a core part of virtual public spheres. This chapter discusses a fundamental theme of modern human communication that involves a shift from traditional face-to-face interaction to one that is heavily mediated. Specifically, this chapter focuses on the role of different websites in providing a virtual public sphere, one exemplified by YouTube, where anonymity and immediacy greatly influence human communication in ways that may result in either fomenting greater divisions among societies and propagating a culture of carelessness and disregard for human rights, or one where human rights abuses are exposed, but victims' identities are concealed and carefully protected. © 2011, IGI Global.
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Gimeno, J. D., & Freeman, B. C. (2011). 'Videoblogging' human rights on YouTube: An ethical dilemma. Information Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere: Impacts of Network Structures on Civil Society, 116-140. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-159-1.ch006
YouTube (Electronic resource); Social media and society