Morality and Internet Behavior: A study of the Internet Troll and its relation with morality on the Internet

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Jiwon Shin, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Mar 03, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8

Abstract

A part of new generation residing in the Internet space, Troll, is threatening netizen's well-being. A troll is a person who interrupts communications on the Internet, and often seen as problematic or even criminals. According to Durkheim, the order of society is maintained by morality. Morality has definite rules and conducts which every member of the society agrees upon and depends on. Morality is functional since it has authority and regularity. Therefore people know how to behave and what is right or wrong offline. In the Internet space, however, people do not perceive clear codes of conducts on the Internet, nor authority and regularity, according to the result of this study. Unlike offline morality reinforced by education, that online morality have not been shared and not even discussed so provides the existence of Troll.

Citation

Shin, J. (2008). Morality and Internet Behavior: A study of the Internet Troll and its relation with morality on the Internet. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2834-2840). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 6, 2016 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/27652.