WFU students to address Internet ethics at 'Juicy Ethics' symposium
February 10, 2009
Four Wake Forest University undergraduate students will present their perspectives on Internet ethics, online discourse and Internet gossip sites such as Juicy Campus at a symposium titled “Juicy Ethics” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 23. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall, Room 111.
The symposium will feature student presentations followed by a panel discussion with Wake Forest faculty experts, an open discussion with the audience and a reception.
According to Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, assistant professor of communication at Wake Forest and symposium co-organizer, the event is designed to encourage students to think critically about their roles as information sharers and seekers and about the implications of publicly shared accusations and commentary.
“Students around campus have expressed their concern, disbelief, and at times, outrage and pain about the effects of Juicy Campus, yet there is no open space for discussion about the ethical implications of such unregulated practices,” said Beasley Von Burg. “Now that Juicy Campus has shut down, we are hopeful we can provide a space to discuss its life, ‘death’ and ongoing implications, while anticipating and preparing for a similar venue in the future.”
The Juicy Ethics symposium grew out of a class assignment in a graduate seminar on democracy and justice in which students were encouraged to think of a creative mode of engagement in the community. Shelley Graves, a Wake Forest graduate student, came up with the idea to address the debate over Juicy Campus and issues related to ethics and the Internet and coined it Juicy Ethics.
The class solicited applications, accepted the best undergraduate student papers and then worked with the students to prepare for their presentations. In addition, the graduate students helped plan and advertise the symposium.
“Juicy Ethics seeks to offer a forum for public discussion of applied ethics in students’ everyday lives,” said Graves. “The symposium will connect students with faculty who specialize in questions of ethics, free speech, public discourse and marginalized groups and will help facilitate active, engaged university and community citizenship.”
The student presentations will include:
- “The Tangled Web We Weave” by junior Jamie Neal.
- “Juicy Campus: Gender and Message Content of Online Gossip” by senior Stacey O’Sullivan.
- “The Bill of Rights Battle” by senior Kimberly Paschall.
- “Brave New World: Technology’s Troubling Implications for Our Humanity” by senior Ross Williford.
The expert panel will be moderated by Michael Hyde, University Distinguished Chair of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest, and will feature:
- Shannon Gilreath, professor for interdisciplinary study at the Wake Forest School of Law.
- Stavroula Glazakos, assistant professor of philosophy at Wake Forest.
- Ananda Mitra, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest.
- Sue Wasiolek, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Duke University, who was part of an effort to block access to Juicy Ethics at Duke.
The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest Fund for Ethics, Leadership and Civic Responsibility and the communication department.