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New Media, Beliefs, Politics and Ethics

Creeping up, in what seems like overnight, has been an explosion of challenges to long standing belief, ethic and political structures. All of a sudden, old political regimes are being crippled by their peoples’ ability to be in touch. By the populations harnessing the power of collective intelligence and communicating using new media, oppressive dictators are falling faster than US banking stocks during the GFC.

New media has provided us all with an opportunity for civic engagement. Whistleblowers and keyboard warriors have substantial platform to field their issues. Whether voting in an online survey, commenting on a YouTube video or blowing open the previously classified information of a major political force, we now all have the chance to chatter about our beliefs in a public way.

Freedom of speech is a basic human right. Self regulation should be a basic human responsibility. Hold a smart phone in your hand and you now have a portal to text, tweet, or post. This capability has been revolutionary to some and costly for others. Before you hit send, double check what you are saying is worthy of the potential audience it is about to be open to.




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Hamelink, C. J. 2006. “Chapter 7: The Ethics of the Internet : Can We Cope With  Lies and Deceit on The Net? In Ideologies of the internet, edited by Katharine Sarikakis and Dava Thussu, 115 130. New Jersey: Hampton Press Inc.


Leung L.. 2009. User-generated content on the internet: an examination of gratifications, civic engagement and psychological empowerment. New Media & Society.   pdf+html (Accessed 28th March 2011)


McNair B,. 2011. Chapter 2: Politics, Democracy and the Media in Political  Communications. United Kingdom, Oxon: Routledge.


Shirky, C. (2011). The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change in Foreign Affairs. Volume 90, Issue 1;  pg. 28, 15 pgs.