Wednesday, June 5, 2554

Room for debate: are you rude? You're on YouTube

Internet and civilityYarek Waszul

All used to complain that the Web has allowed people to make anonymous verbal attacks or send photos and videos without being detected.

But many accidents-outing of inappropriate text messages by Anthony Weiner, the explosion of a young woman on a Metro-North train that went global and private moments of a couple caught on video to a riot in Vancouver-highlight a countervailing effect.

Nothing is anonymous or invisible. Recent cases will make people more careful about how they behave? Keep their tempers in check at the post office, or stop telling strangers how to raise their children? How does it affect this growing "publicness" civility, right to privacy and freedom of expression?

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