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Toward an ethic of personal technologies

By Rhema Zlaten
April 7, 2017
The permeation of personal technology devices in American culture suggests that people have a deepening desire to be constantly connected to the world around them. The ease of information access and sharing created by smartphones and other personal technology devices helps to sustain a seamless integration of physical and digital selves. Americans tend to eagerly embrace the benefits of these personal technologies without giving much consideration to the right to information privacy, despite…

Why We Should Hold Facebook Responsible for Fake News

By David Stockdale
March 22, 2017
The results of the 2016 presidential election have proven to be something of a Rorschach test for the politically conscious. President-elect Donald Trump pulled off an Electoral College victory and a stunning upset against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton through narrow wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Notably, Trump lost the popular vote to Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes.

Why We Should Hold Ourselves Responsible for Fake News

By Benjamin van Loon
March 8, 2017
No matter where you’ve stuck your pin on the political map, everyone can agree that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was not business as usual for American democracy.

Ranting on Social Media: Innocent Comment Platform or Bully Pulpit?

By Terri Williams
February 21, 2017
When people have unpleasant experiences, they tend to tell others about them. “Others” used to include a handful of coworkers, family members and friends. But, now that social media has become the preferred communication platform, it’s only logical that people use it when they want to voice their disapproval and dissatisfaction. A vast number of topics are broached on social media, but some of the most interesting rants include:

Does CGI cross ethical boundaries when it depicts deceased actors?

By Kate Baucherel
February 10, 2017
I am a huge “Star Wars” fan.  My parents took me to see the first film when I was 10 years old. The queue stretched around the block, and I’ve never forgotten the frisson of excitement I felt when the star destroyer slowly filled the screen. I spent my teenage years wanting to be Han Solo. (Actually, I still do. My husband is more of a Chewbacca, and my kids cosplay Rey and Kylo Ren; the fights are impressive.)

Snapchat: A Powerful Tool for Gathering and Distributing News

By Nora Dunne
January 25, 2017
To those who think Snapchat is just for silly selfies: Think again. Originally an app for sending photos and short videos (“snaps”) that permanently disappear after being viewed, the tool has evolved considerably since its 2011 launch.