Ethical Issues And Second Life Term Paper

Length: 6 pages Sources: 6 Subject: Business - Miscellaneous Type: Term Paper Paper: #52929342 Related Topics: Ethical Issues, Ethical Issues In Business, Ethical Considerations, Copyright
Excerpt from Term Paper :

Now that people interact with social media on their wireless phones, that opens up a whole new series of issues, hence those involved in the law and with the ethical issues will "need to abandon some of the presumptions we once made in e-contracting in light of peoples' changing behavior" (Moringiello).

Meanwhile, what exactly constitutes Internet abuse in the workplace and what role does ethics play? There are some working definitions, such as "cyberloafing," "Internet recreation," "cyberslacking" for leisure or simply "Internet abuse" (Lee, et al., 2008, p. 39). For some researchers Internet abuse is the "personal or unauthorized use of the company's network for an individual pleasure or non-work purposes" (Lee, 39). No matter how it is defined, it is clear that workers who surf the Web during work hours cause "productivity loss" and they open the door for the "vulnerability of information systems security from insiders as well as outsiders" (Lee, 39). When it comes to ethical computer-related behaviors, researchers in the field of ethics define unethical behavior as something "…illegal or morally unacceptable to the larger community" (Lee, 39).

Meanwhile, as to how to reduce or prevent Internet abuse, existing studies are using the General Deterrence Theory (GDT); the GDT posits -- and this relates back to Second Life and the fact that users can and do hide their identities -- that "people would engage in criminal and deviant activities if they do not fear apprehension and punishment" (Lee, 39). The authors assert that while companies try to reduce the frequency and volume of computer abuse, this kind of abuse is expected to "continue increasing" as more workers become "highly sophisticated" in information systems. For example, how can a company monitor a private iPhone that a worker is secretly using to text or Skype with his girlfriend. He's not using the company computer, so, how do they catch him and punish him? These are unanswered questions but they deal with ethics.

An article in the journal...


Schiffman, et al., surveyed 506 Internet users to compare individuals' personal values with Internet behaviors. The authors posit that personal values are more important than "attitudes" because personal values is a determinant of attitudes and behavior (Schiffman, 2003, p. 171). A personal value is "…an enduring belief that a specific mode of conduct or end-state of existence is personally and socially preferable to alternative modes of conduct or end-states of existence" (Schiffman, 170). The results of this survey show that of those who use the Internet for "work/business," 79% scored high on "a sense of accomplishment" and 73% scored high on "self-fulfillment" (Schiffman, 177). On the other hand, of those using the Web for "fun and entertainment" 76% scored high on "self-fulfillment" and 68% scored high on "security." Of those using online for making travel reservations, 78% scored quite high on the personal value "a sense of accomplishment." In short, those respondents that chose "self-fulfillment" as their strongest personal value "indicated stronger agreement with the notion that the Internet was 'enabling' than did those who chose 'security', 'self-respect', 'fun and enjoyment in life', or 'being well respected'" (Schiffman, 181).

In conclusion, the line from Linden Lab that explains, "It's our job to make dreams come true for our customers," should perhaps have an addition phrase tacked on: "We also help create nightmares if you're not a savvy user." The article about Second Life is very informative, and for those who are not familiar with what it's like in a virtual world, that article offers a strong taste of what is in there. The other articles used in this paper point to personal values and ethical consideration that are related to use of the Internet. Being well read and well informed about all aspects of the online cultures out there is a good way to avoid being harmed, ripped off, or just extremely disappointed.

Works Cited

Berti, John. (2009). Copyright Infringement and Protection in the Internet Age. IT Pro.

Retrieved October 4, 2011, from

Botterbusch, Hope R., and Talab, R.S. (2009). Copyright and You: Ethical Issues in Second

Life. TechTrends, 53(1), 9-12.

Lee, Sang M., Yoon, Seong No, and Kim, Jongheon. (2008). The Role of Pluralistic

Ignorance in Internet Abuse. Journal of Computer Information Systems, 48(3), 38-43.

Linden Lab. (2011). Join Our World / Open Positions. Retrieved October 4, 2011, from

Moringiello, Juliet M., and Fleming, Michael F. (2008). More…

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Berti, John. (2009). Copyright Infringement and Protection in the Internet Age. IT Pro.

Retrieved October 4, 2011, from

Botterbusch, Hope R., and Talab, R.S. (2009). Copyright and You: Ethical Issues in Second

Life. TechTrends, 53(1), 9-12.

Cite this Document:

"Ethical Issues And Second Life" (2011, October 05) Retrieved June 17, 2021, from

"Ethical Issues And Second Life" 05 October 2011. Web.17 June. 2021. <>

"Ethical Issues And Second Life", 05 October 2011, Accessed.17 June. 2021,

Related Documents
Ethical Issue on Abortion
Words: 3142 Length: 9 Pages Topic: Women's Issues - Abortion Paper #: 89322346

Ethical Issues Surrounding Abortion Notwithstanding the laws being passed in various states against a woman's right to chose to terminate her pregnancy, the position of this paper is that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and a woman has the ethical and moral right to decide to have an abortion. There are many positions for and against Roe v. Wade, and there are many ethical issues that may

Ethical Issues in Nursing Scenario the Scenario
Words: 1254 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Healthcare Paper #: 81837468

Ethical Issues in Nursing Scenario The scenario in this study involves a nurse who has intentionally disregarded the elderly patient's expressed wishes to receive pressure area care. The patient finds the procedure uncomfortable, embarrassing, and painful. The nurse continues to turn the patient in spite of the patient's wishes. This study will answer if the nurse is justified in turning the patient and if so, on what ethical grounds and if not

Ethical Issues of South Africa's
Words: 2537 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Literature - African Paper #: 13955100

South Africa consequently had to arrange for a down payment of $600 million at a rate perceived to be extraordinarily high. It was too late for the country to induce any negotiations of the deal. Serious agreements ensued thus maneuvering South Africa to pay back much of the nation's hard currency debt in a short period. This led to the emergence of a new democratic regime stemming from an

Ethical Issues Are Now Just As Much
Words: 4469 Length: 13 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 94979976

Ethical issues are now just as much of a concern as they were thirty years or more ago. (Qian, Gao, Yao & Rodriguez) Ethics are a clear set of principles dealing with what is considered appropriate behavior in-group and individual counseling. These standards were created not only to protect clients, but also to protect counselors. As a counselor, a fine line can easily be crossed if the counselor and/or the

Ethical Issues Involved With "On Being Sane
Words: 877 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 64442318

Ethical Issues involved with "On Being Sane in Insane Places" L Rosenhan's On Being Sane in Insane Places was both a historic and ground-breaking research study which provided invaluable information on the views of mental health professionals toward their patients. (Rosenhan, 1973) In this revealing study, several researchers, who had never displayed any abnormal behavior in their pasts, admitted themselves into a variety of mental health facilities and studied the behavior

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Qualitative Research
Words: 624 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Business - Ethics Paper #: 32776392

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Qualitative research is research performed on relatively small sample groups. The research tends to be very specialized and does not require large amounts of numerical information for its conclusion to be drawn. While qualitative research is for the most part accepted into academia, there are still some concerns that arise with qualitative research that are not present in quantitative research. These concerns include conflicts of interest,