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The Ethics of Anonymous Hacktivism

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 3, 2012 - 9:04am

The Anonymous collective hacked the website of A3P, a neo-Nazi group, and claims the information there reveals deep ties to the Ron Paul campaign. A few questions for discussion: 1) Does the information actually reveal reciprocal ties between the two groups, or are things more ambiguous? 2) Anonymous's actions are clearly illegal, but are they in any clear sense ethical? What are the boundaries between investigative journalism and this sort of document dump?


Fancy Footwork around "Conflict of Interest"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 10, 2011 - 2:09am

"Editorial Misconduct at Another Philosophy Journal? The Case of the American Journal of Bioethics


Gehrke Book Event – Chp. 6: The Recalcitrance of Humanism. AKA: Agency, Language, Community.

Submitted by johnm on December 20, 2010 - 7:53pm

Hello all, I’m John McKenzie, a regular commenter here on the Blogora, and an ABD student in Comm. Studies rhetoric at the University of Texas. I’ll be discussing chapter six as we continue moving through Pat’s excellent book, The Ethics and Politics of Speech. I’ll just start off by mentioning that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book so far, and in particular have enjoyed reading this chapter on humanism because it has taken me somewhat nostalgically through a lot of the topics I’ve spent time on with my own research and in my own education at UT and Texas A&M.


Chapter 5, The Ethics and Politics of Speech

Submitted by Nate Kreuter on December 9, 2010 - 7:46am

Due to a slight hiccup in scheduling, I'll be talking about Chapter Five of Pat Gehrke's The Ethics and Politics of Speech, even though Chapter Four hasn't been covered yet. Hopefully Chapter Four will be covered subsequently.


intellectual property in the graduate classroom

Submitted by slewfoot on April 19, 2009 - 12:37pm

Music: FENNESZ: Black Sea (2008)

Many if not most of the readers of this blog are teachers, which means we deal with the issues of intellectual property with our students. Although the observation may be a perennial fantasy of teachers of writing and speech, based on anecdotal evidence it seems incidents of improper citation and acknowledgement have been increasing (there is, however, some empirical evidence to suggest the observation is not without merit). I know that every year I teach, I seem to "catch" more and more students using cut-and-paste material from the Tubes, and usually without even trying.


Gratification vs. Enlightenment

Submitted by Adria on September 3, 2008 - 4:33pm

I've asked my students to read Burke's, _The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle_ to help stimulate discussion about critical thinking and ethical communication. It's been a few years since I've read this, so when I returned to read it again this afternoon, I was struck by the very first paragraph:


Stem Cell Update

Submitted by ddd on November 20, 2007 - 11:40am

Just got a NYTimes news alert saying that two teams of scientists have "turned human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without having to make or destroy an embryo." Story is here.

If this turns out to be true, I wonder what this will do to stem cell research as a political issue... Think it'll change the way anyone is set to vote?


Small Tech and Ethical Coordinates

Submitted by Jim Brown on November 7, 2007 - 11:18am

Katherine Hayles recently visited UT as part of the UT Humanities Institute Distinguished Lecturers Series. Some of us in the English and Rhetoric and Writing departments were also lucky enough to have an informal discussion with Dr. Hayles about some of her current work.


Harvard Moral Sense Test

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 21, 2007 - 3:47pm

"The Moral Sense Test is a Web-based study into the nature of human moral judgment. How do human beings decide what is right and wrong? To answer this question, we have designed a series of moral dilemmas to probe the psychological mechanisms underlying our moral judgments. By presenting these dilemmas on the Web, we hope to gain insight into the similarities and differences between the moral judgments of people of different ages, from different cultures, with different educational backgrounds and religious beliefs, involved in different occupations and exposed to very different circumstances."

Click here to take it.