1.8 Social Media Ethics

Social media technologies give their users new ways to experience self-presentation, public exposure, and social connectedness. They give their designers, no less than their users, a framework in which to reflect on and discuss these experiences. They also give philosophers and others with training in ethical analysis (or in normative analysis more generally) an opportunity to raise questions about whether and how some of our fundamental ethical/political commitments can take tangible forms in the technologies that we use. As citizens in a democratic society, we should encourage both users and designers to examine the relationships between social media technologies and democratic values related to identity, equality, and accountability. The goal of this workshop is to foster discussion between philosophers and designers and users of social media technologies. How can we best serve as advocates for the reflective incorporation of moral values in both design and usage decisions? How can those technologies be used to provide new venues for the development of moral literacy and moral agency?

Workshop Leaders
Mark Fisher, Penn State University
Vance Ricks, Guilford College

Christopher Long, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University, @cplong
Anastasia Mirzoyants
Ronald R Sundstrom
Daniel Susser
Jessica J. Harper
Noƫlle McAfee, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Emory University
Justin Marshall, M.A., George Mason University
Ike Sharpless, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UMass Lowell
Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado, Boulder