Digital Ethics Case Studies

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

What ethical complexities circle around catfishing and online deception?
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Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture meet?
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Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

What are the ethical dilemmas posed by celebrity activists using not-so-accurate information on social media to save the environment?
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Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting?
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Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong?
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The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors?
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“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far?
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Sacking Social Media in College Sports

Sacking Social Media in College Sports

Should college athletes be limited in their use of social media?
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The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

The Wild West of Sports Journalism?

Do the ethics of sports blogs differ from mainstream journalism, especially when covering sexual scandals?
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Digital Immortality on an App

Digital Immortality on an App

When AI chatbots let us talk with the dead, what ethical issues might haunt us?
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Is It Only A Game?

Is It Only A Game?

First-person shooter video games are popular. But are they ethical to enjoy?
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“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

What are the ethical issues that arise with naming and shaming racists online?
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How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

What are the ethical concerns with the new phenomena of digital self-harm?
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Don’t “Like” My Children

Don’t “Like” My Children

What could go wrong when parents share information about their children online?
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How to Use Case Studies in Your Class

How to Use Case Studies in Your Class

How to use case studies to integrate ethics content and skills in your classes.
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When Actors Become Characters

When Actors Become Characters

What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters?
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Filtering Out Cyberbullying

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

What are the ethical issues raised by Instagram's efforts to filter out cyberbullying?
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To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

What are the ethical problems with "catfishing" online?
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Gaming the System?

Gaming the System?

What are the ethical problems with cheating in Fortnite?
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Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing?
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