Attending the Digital Ethics Symposium was a great experience for me. I was able to hear multiple speakers with many different ideas. One speaker that stuck out to me was Sara Perry of University of York. She discussed Gender and Digital Cultural. Her presentation started off with the topic of the “Unafraid Blogger.” Yes, we should be able to post our opinions and thoughts on the web for others to see. People’s voices should be heard on certain topics if they wish for that to happen. The question is, is it always safe to post your opinion and views for the entire world to see? The answer is no, because this can be extremely dangerous. We have the right to post our views, but coming from a safety stand point it’s not always best. People won’t always agree with others, and sadly things such as harassment can come from this.

Sara Perry then began to discuss her personal experience with harassment within her professional life. She said that she knew the people who were sending her emails, and that’s why she was so nervous about the situation. These emails that she received were discussing her physical appearance. The harassers also went into detail about sexual thoughts of her. She began to do studies on this idea of harassment within via media. Sara Perry interviewed men and women, asking if they’ve experienced harassment via media at any point in their life. Many of them experienced harassment via media within their professional careers. She targeted people within all fields of practice. Her findings showed that male’s harassment wasn’t as severe as the female’s harassment. Men would receive hate emails. Emails discussing how horrible they are at they’re job. Women received harassment discussing their gender, race, or sexual thoughts of them. I wasn’t surprised when she noted that women were the main receivers of gender, sexual, and racial harassment. I’ve received gender and racial harassment via media so I understood that statistic. Sara Perry also noted that majority of those who were being harassed didn’t report their abuse. They decided that they would just ignore it and not respond to the harassment. There were some people who reported their harassment to their companies. Sadly, many of the companies said that they couldn’t handle this situation and that they were unable to be of any assistance. It saddens me that people don’t take these actions seriously, and don’t try to do anything to stop them. I hope that in the near future people can see that this is a serious matter, and that it needs to be stopped before it gets too dangerous and out of control.




I also enjoyed listening to Lindsay Ems presentation about “Approaches to Amish Technology use: the body as an optional, ideal communication medium.” I found this topic so interesting, because I honestly don’t know about the Amish and their lifestyle. Lindsay Ems discussed the idea of Amish preferring to talk face to face rather than through an email, text message, or a phone call. She said that they feel as if the feeling and emotions are lost. The only way that you can’t feel true emotion is through a face to face conversation. During a face to face conversation you’re able to see the body language, facial expressions, and gestures of an individual. Those are the main ways to show emotion.  Without those significant actions you lose all emotion and feelings. Lindsay Ems also states that media causes a lack of community and family. With using media, everyone would be so focused on everything expect for what was right in front of their faces, their family. I believe that this true, because there has been multiple times when my family and I go out for dinner and we’re all on our phones and no one is speaking to each other. We’re so focused on texting or social media that we can’t focus on each other. Lindsay Ems also quotes “the easy way isn’t always the best way.” Meaning that texting and emailing is an extremely quick way to communicate with our friends and family, but it isn’t the best way. It’s not the best way, because you lose the love and emotion.

The Amish also feel that televisions shouldn’t be used. It exposes their community to too much. They feel that it exposes them to things that will stick with them forever. Once they see those different things on television or on the radio, they then become those things. Things that they won’t be able to ever get rid of, and they don’t want those “negative ideas” of the world to latch on to them for eternity.


One comment

  1. I thought it was interesting that the Amish made a distinction between digital media that strengthens community and technology that isolates individuals. I think when most people criticize new media, they are thinking of television and certain apps that consume the individual and make them oblivious to the world around them. This is what does harm, not texting to keep in touch with out of town friends, or using Skype to see and interact with your family while you’re at school. I didn’t know that the Amish used any technology at all, so this presentation was eye-opening for me and their technology philosophy is very appealing.

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