Mobile communication and ethics: implications of everyday actions on social order
|Forfattere||Rich Ling & Rhonda McEwen|
|Publikasjon||Etikk i praksis|
|Nøkkelord||mobile communication, emergent conventions, consequential ethics, deontological ethics, social order, reflexivity|
|Sjanger||Etikk og filosofi|
|Adresse utgiver||Postboks 2461 Sluppen, 7005 Trondheim|
AbstraktOf the many opportunities and affordances that mobile technologies bring to
our day-to-day lives, the ability to cheat physical separation and remain accessible
to each other—in an instant—also brings pressure to bear on well-established
social conventions as to how we should act when we are engaged with
others in shared spaces. In this paper we explore some ethical dimensions of
mobile communication by considering the manner in which individuals in
everyday contexts balance interpretations of emergent social conventions with
personal desires to connect in the moment. As we later discuss, the decisions
made in response to a ringing mobile phone or flashing text message emerge
from consequential versus deontological ethical frames used to determine
what to do versus what we ought to do. This is particularly true in western and
North American cultural contexts from which our data are collected. Using
Goffman’s dramaturgy, we suggest that these conflicts occurring on an individual
level provide evidence of social structure, and are simultaneously entwined
with our less obvious ruminations on the maintenance of social order.
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