BCO3442 Information Ethics and Management- Freedom of Posting on Internet

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Running Head: INFORMATION AND ETHICS MANAGEMENTBCO3442 Information Ethics and ManagementName of the StudentName of the University
1INFORMATION AND ETHICS MANAGEMENTIntroductionInternet is a platform that millions of people around the world use for gatheringknowledge and performing some other important activities like online shopping, bill paymentsand others. Social media are virtual public forums where the internet users share their ideas anddiscuss various topics. However, recently, due to some deliberate nonsensical posts by some ofthe users, toxicity spreads throughout the internet resulting in heated conversations or evenfights. Some more serious issues result in political wars, street fights, religious wars and othersthat are also growing due to provocations made by some users in the social media.The main objective of this particular analysis is to find arguments both for and againstposting anything on the internet and analyze their long term effects on the human society.ArgumentsThere are arguments both for and against the freedom of posting in the internet. Variousresearchers have provided various arguments on the topic based on the study of different casesaround the world. The arguments are analyzed and explained below.Arguments for the TopicMost of the works that have been analyzed have argued for the topic i.e. the freedom ofposting anything on the internet. According to Breuer, Landman and Farquhar (2015), postinganything on the internet is a basic human right i.e. freedom of speech and hence, they should beable to post anything on the internet (blogs, social media platforms, etc.). Their argument forsupporting this claim is that the public forums like blogs, social media and others are created in
2INFORMATION AND ETHICS MANAGEMENTthe internet so that the participants can post their opinions on their own views as well as sharevarious ideas. Moreover, in a group of participants in a discussion forum, one participant canexchange views with the others and all the participants are able to think differently with thedifferent types of views expressed by all of them. Hence, it is a very constructive idea to postanything in the internet to share views and opinions. Morone and Kersh (2016) said that postingrelevant news and opinions in the internet also helps to increase the knowledge of others who arenot able to access any newspapers or TV news channels. When they access the internet, they areable to find various arguments on different topics and get the gist of the news he wanted toknow.On the other hand, Cottle, Sambrook and Mosdell (2016) researched about the moreserious and useful implications of posting in the internet by an individual. According to them,different posts by individuals can mobilize a protest movement that has been stagnant for a longtime owing to lack of sufficient communication between the protesters. Internet can serve as aplatform where all the protesters can communicate in a common forum and share ideas regardinghow the protest can be mobilized. Moreover, they can also promote their movement in the socialmedia where more and more followers can join them in their movement. This is evident from therecent protest movements in Tunisia and Egypt where the protesters came together throughsocial media and built up a strong protest against the government. Following these examples,people from other countries are also using social media as a medium for mobilization of protests,the most recent example of which is the continuous protests against the presidential election inUnited States of America.Van Dijck (2013) also opined in favor of this particular topic. According to him, what anindividual posts on the internet is his / her own choice and nobody has the right to instruct him to
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