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

, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

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 et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2834-2840). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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