Professional Issues for Interactive Media

The outcomes of this modules are to identify and critically evaluate the major ethical approaches to dealing with moral dilemmas in computing and to understand how to exercise critical thinking skills and the ability to analyse an ethical problem. This module gives us the tools to demonstrate effective communication skills and solid ethical reasoning when presented with an ethical dilemma within the interactive media industry. The modules also keeps us aware of literature and the current state of knowledge on ethical issues that exist within the fields of ICT and information systems. It also facilitates the ability to differentiate between legal systems and different jurisdictions and evaluate their consequence on the design of a computer and information systems.

This module also will allow us to demonstrate a knowledge ethical structures that can be used to guide professional decisions and the influence of ethics within the ICT field on society. We have focused on the works of Charles Ess and his book on Digital Media Ethics. We have debated and discussed topics mentioned in the book on Moodle.

Book Critique – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

As part of the module we were to present and write a book critique of our choice that related to the module in some way. We were to analyse issues raised in the book from an ethical point of view using ethical Approaches such as Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics and Consequential.

The book I choose was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It is set in the twenty-fourth century. This book introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population. Some issues raised in the book were censorship, knowledge vs ignorance and technology and its influence. Much of what is depicted in Fahrenheit 451 has come true or at least has come close to coming true in modern society. The most important aspect of reading books such as these is to realize the importance of being aware of implications of excessive censorship and the possibility of technology allowing society to slip far away from actually being social.

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