Don't confuse me with the facts.
While working on this column I made a presentation to a group of elementary school
teachers on the topic of "internet ethics". The first (and to a certain
extent, even the only) point that I tried to raise was that ethics are ethics,
regardless of the framework in which they find expression. I was, however, prepared
to explain and discuss how our online presence compels us to deal with certain
ethical questions that perhaps we might not have encountered, or have felt as
strongly about, in more "traditional" settings. To my great surprise,
I was almost unable to develop a discussion along these lines because the people
with whom I was meeting seemed to think that any internet usage was undesirable.
Among other claims, I was told that it brings about a decline in "real' human
contact, and thus we shouldn't encourage its use at all. I admit, I was floored.
Had the people making this claim been reading Doris Lessing, or listening to Elton
John, or were they simply unaware of how "real" much of today's internet
Go to: The internet and some of its discontents.