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‘Videoblogging’ Human Rights on YouTube: An Ethical Dilemma
Information Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere: Impacts of Network Structures on Civil Society (2011)
  • Jacques DM Gimeno
  • Bradley C Freeman
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • YouTube,
  • ICTs,
  • human rights videos,
  • ethics,
  • Habermas
Publication Date
2011
Editor
Robert A. Cropf and William S. Krummenacher
Publisher
IGI Global, PA., USA
ISBN
SBN13: 9781609601591
Citation Information
Jacques DM Gimeno and Bradley C Freeman. "‘Videoblogging’ Human Rights on YouTube: An Ethical Dilemma" HersheyInformation Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere: Impacts of Network Structures on Civil Society (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jacques_gimeno/2/