About the Symposium

‘Juicy Ethics’ a Symposium on Ethics and the Internet

The Symposium is specifically responding to the advent of sites like Juicy Campus, internet discursive spaces with seemingly limitless opportunities for sharing information and posting anonymous, often ruthless and inconsiderate remarks, with no repercussions for the authors and no opportunity for real discussion about the consequences for those involved. The anonymity and unregulated access of sites like Juicy Campus prohibit us from depending on the facility of web postings as we might depend upon interpersonal dialogue or written pieces of communicative action. Students around campus have expressed their concern, disbelief and at times outrage and pain about the effects of Juicy Campus, yet there is no open space for discussion about the ethical implications of such unregulated practices.

The purpose of this event is to engage undergraduate students in formulating personal and theoretical responses to issues of ethics and the internet. ‘Juicy Ethics’ aims to encourage students to think critically about their roles as information sharers and seekers, and about the implications of publicly shared accusations and commentary on students’ individual lives and the campus community as a whole.

The event is sponsored by the Fund for Ethics, Leadership and Civic Responsibility, and the Department of Communication.


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