So at our last class discussion we talked about ethics and how it affects the use of the internet. Ethics may mean a system of moral principles. But does being ethical mean just what society or culture say it should be?Let’s look at one aspect of ethics: Privacy. Let’s narrow it further: Privacy and Social Media. Is it ethical for social media to constantly invade our privacy?
Many complain that social media such as Facebook has totally invaded our privacy. The constant changing of the privacy laws on Facebook poses a problem for many persons since everyday it seems that there is something new on there. In our class discussion we talked about the constant Ads which now plague what used to be a very fun and social environment. The way in which these Ad companies can get easy access to our information may appear to be very unethical. One may wonder what are the possibilities of what they can do with our information. But hey! at the end of the day don’t we all have a choice on whether or not we want to use these social media sites?? Yea its fun to sit and look at persons pictures or read their status updates but is it okay for Ad companies to be part of that browsing experience??? Many of us may say no or wish that we had the option of eliminating them from our browsing experience. But think about the other side of the coin: Money is being made because of these ads on our Facebook page!! So is it ethical for us to bid for Facebook to remove these ads at the cost of someone else losing out on part of their income???
How many of us have joined all or at least one of the games on Facebook?? Farmville? Castleville? Mafia Wars? We all want to enjoy that imaginary and virtual life. We willingly open ourselves to these games..we click and share with our friends yet we wonder why we can’t get rid of Ads?? At the end of the day I will always be of the opinion that we as a people who constantly complain about infringement of privacy have opened ourselves to every one of them. We want to enjoy the fruits of their labor…we want to be able to look at every one of our friends photos on Facebook or read persons tweets on Twitter..we jump up at every new social networking device that comes along yet how do we not expect to be constantly bombarded by things which appear to infringe on our privacy. If we look outside the box we will also see that many of these social sites give us the opportunity to change our privacy settings. We have the option of who sees our photos or statuses on Facebook!! Yes its time consuming to constantly have to go through editing these settings every time a new update comes out. But guess what?? We want to enjoy the freedom it gives us don’t we?? Maybe…just maybe what we need to be aware of is: what we post..how we post it and what we can do to safeguard ourselves from to much information about us getting out!!
Here’s an interesting read: The Internet Destroying Privacy
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