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Ethics Chap. 4 Malveaux

Ethics Chap. 4 Malveaux

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Published by: Judith Malveaux on Sep 29, 2012
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 Reflections on Common Sense
Judith MalveauxCOMM 614 judithamalveaux@aol.com
 
Before I read chapter 4 and the discussion on common sense, I had a truly low opinion of the way that so many of today's youth and young adults share intimate details of their life
 – 
or
other people’s lives – 
with the world wide web. The chapter opened my eyes a bit, but my mind
hasn’t changed much. I still struggle to understand why this age group seems unable
to have anemotion, thought or action that they don't chronicle on social media sites.I grew up in an age where computers were common in households. I can recall spendinghours a day on my parents' Commodore 64. I typed line after line of code
I didn’t understand
soa ball or word would scroll across the monitor.
I’m sure that would have some older than I was
scratching their heads and wondering about my common sense. For me, technology was alwaysavailable, but it wasn't a required use. I enjoyed using the computer to write my short stories, butknew I could sit in my bed with a pen and paper and do the same thing. The pen-and-paperapproach seemed more personal, though and allowed me to feel freer in my expression. I couldalways hide my notebook, but the computer was for everyone to use. I remember watchingDoogie Houser, MD on television and wondering why he would type his journal on a computerbecause it would then be too easy for his parents to access. I view youth's social media usagemuch the same way -- but on steroids.I have marveled as I read postings from teens and young adults that do nothing more thancurse someone out that they are angry with or inform the world that they got drunk or atesomething that gave them diarrhea. I wonder if the world really needed to know that or if, 20years from now, they would want to be reminded of what happened and how they reacted to it. Ihave, on occasion, sent a message to the social media poster suggesting he or she reconsiderusing obscenity or think about what they are posting and how anyone -- including current orfuture employers -- might be able to see it. Oddly enough, a few responded by saying they hadn't

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