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Digital Citizenship

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Started by Isaac Day 10 Mar 2011 12:02pm () Replies (21)

So, what makes for a successful digital citizen?  Is it so different from just plain old 'citizenship'?  What are the differences? Are they one and the same... do the principles change? Add your thoughts to this post...


  • Andrew (View all users posts) 24 Mar 2011 11:41am ()

    I agree with Anna, Kellie and others in believing in their being no difference between traditional citizenship and digital citizenship. History is littered with people who did ethically "bad" things in private before the advent of the digital age. it is no surprise that people continue to do the same with a new digital opportunity in a new digital envirtonment.

    We do need to continue educating children (and adults) about citizenship wherever we come across issues that need addressing, whether that is in a digital context or in a traditional setting.

  • Andrew (View all users posts) 24 Mar 2011 12:05pm ()

    We also need to think about the ethical continuum that people exist on.

    There are people who apparently have no moral or ethical thoughts.

    Machiavelli's ideas about "the ends justify the means" have been used for all sorts of nefarious projects.

    Some people will think about the ethics of making certain choices and some people will make choices without ever considering ethical or moral decisions.

    A person could outwardly agree to act within the rules of a given society/country/council/governmant/school/workplace/family, but at the same time be planning to abuse those same rules. They may even give no thought to acting in a "negative way" because to them, their decision is not negative.

    This puts us in the position of creating rules for people to live by that those same people may not believe in.

    Once, a group could banish/censure/kill/ostracise a person from their group but this is very difficult/impossible to do with the digital/internet/web/mobile scene.

    Then, once it is defined and governed and legislated for, it must be policed.

    I don't think chaos should reign, just thinking of how it appears to be from my perspective.


  • Andrew (View all users posts) 24 Mar 2011 12:27pm ()

    Future for citizenship? Gaming.

    If a person chooses to enter a game in a digital or online environment, they should expect the consequences to match the game. A car race game, you win or lose. A war game you "die".  If you don't like a game you have the choice to leave it, in the same way you would leave a bar/movie/concert/campground/riot/battlefield/country that you didn't like. Of course you will waste a lot of time and possibly become addicted to the game in the same way that alcohol, power, nictotine, adrenaline ... addict us all within the real world. 

    If we let people know this then they will be forewarned at least.

    That must be what education is and why it was created in the first place?????

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