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Virtual Morality

Morals, Ethics, and New Media


Mark J.P. Wolf

New technologies continue to shape communication and how we think about and relate to the world around us. What is rarely examined is how these new media relate to morals and ethics in society and culture. In a series of twelve essays, written from a variety of viewpoints including philosophy, communication, media and art, and situating its arguments around the three poles of technology, community, and religion, this collection examines the relationship between morals and ethics and new media, ranging from the ways in which new communication technologies are employed to their effects on the messages communicated and those who use them.
Contents: Mark J. P. Wolf: Introduction – Gordon Hull: Digital Media and the Scope of «Computer Ethics» – Emma Rooksby: Empathy in Computer-Mediated Communication – Mark J. P. Wolf: From Simulation to Emulation: Ethics, Worldviews, and Video Games – Paul J. Ford: Virtually Impacted: Designers, Spheres of Meaning, and Virtual Communities – Jason B. Jones: Communities of Envy: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Virtual Classroom – Jo Ann Oravec: On-Line Advocacy of Violence and Hate-Group Activity: The Internet as a Platform for the Expression of Youth Aggression and Anxiety – Chris Nagel: Hating in the Global Village – Leda Cooks: The Discursive Construction of Global Listserv Ethics: The Case of Panama-L – Heidi Campbell: Congregation of the Disembodied: A Look at Religious Community on the Internet – Maura McCarthy: Free Market Morality: Why Evangelicals Need Free Speech on the Internet – Andrew Careaga: World Wide Witness: Friendship Evangelism on the Internet – Kathy T. Hettinga: Grave Images©: A Faith Visualized in a Technological Age.