This ubiquity has opened up new horizons in availability of information and has increased access to a number of resources.People today have broader access to information than ever before.However, it has also provoked new ethical dilemmas that must be addressed.
Some of the situations in which this might happen include social networking communications issues such as flaming and cyber bullying, hacking, and plagiarism.
Each of these three represents a different type of ethical violation - against the person, against property, and against intellectual honesty.
Specifically, Prince was subjected to bullying on Facebook, through vicious personal attacks levied by other students regarding boys she had previously dated (Walsh).
On January 14, 2010, Prince committed suicide, specifically citing the bullying she had endured online as a reason for her action (Walsh).
Flaming can have serious consequences not only for the individual it is directed at, but also for the groups in which it occurs.
For example, flaming is one of the mechanisms by which online negotiation and democratic participation is undermined (Wright and Street 852).
All of these activities could of course be engaged in without using the Internet, but the high information availability and low social context of the Internet allows for these issues to become increasingly common.
This seems like bad news, but actually, the answer is relatively simple.
The flamer may gain some momentary pleasure from the flame, admittedly, and may experience relief from the anger or frustration that has plagued him.
However, the rest of the discussion - not simply the target of the flame, but onlookers and other participants - will suffer because they have been treated with scorn and without a significant basis for disagreement.