Ethics and Law in new media – Week 5

Browse the Jargon File. Write a small blog entry about a term/definition which was the most intriguing for you.

The interesting part in the Jargon File was the usage and definitions of different styles of compiling and creating the slang/glossary. The thing that we use daily nowadays is the Anthropomorphization of the whole process. The way we describe computing processes and use lifelike terms to sum up the work done by a device. Not knowing that it is indeed a process that is and has been intentionally created and followed by the hacker community. It is normal to address a computer as a person, not as a thing. Using words like “death” and “confused ” to describe computer is an everyday thing for all computer users. For me, It seemed that words and wordplay used with describing computers and processes have been updated by everyday users rather than thought up by hackers and by following a strict set of rules and regulations

 Write a short blogged analysis about the hacker ethic found in today’s world (is it there of not, how much of it etc).

A lot of hacker ethic is indeed found in today’s world. In my mind it is very much comparable to the human rights for example. The best seen part is that people are accepted and recognized by their actions, not by their background. It is something that we thrive towards today and luckily our society is accepting the change. Not so long ago, a lot of discrimination was concerning the ethnical and social background of a person or a group. Im not saying that the discrimination is gone, but we are making headway in that department. 

Choose a minority group and describe how they can make use of Internet to reduce alienation and prejudice.

I dont think that it is a majority as such, but they are considered to be one at least. I am talking about foreign speakers in Estonia, who also think of themselves as estonians though they bow to a different government. The situation in my mind is that they would have the opportunity to use local media (e.g. estonian web portals/magazines) to state their case and have them seen as a positive and normal bunch of people. Instead they take the course of pleading their case in a foreign web environment or at least in an environment that is not estonian (by location or language). And also the approach that is being taken is more towards looking for help from outside of Estonia against repression, rather than taking their views and hopes to the natives and trying to come up with a compromise. A way to address the issues “they” have would be to bring them into discussion circles via internationally accepted media or to discuss them in a media that is trusted by natives. What I think would also help, is to try to blend in and to accept changes, rather than to try to enforce their own views(or it looks like colonization again).


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