Rights and Responsibilities of Digital Citizenship

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  1. Paul Horwitz says:

    Danielle, according to your view, which is a more responsible digital citizen: a religious discussion board that strongly believes and communicates the view that homosexuality is a grave sin and a disorder, but does so respectfully and in eloquent dialogue–or, say, a poster on Daily Kos who lambastes his or her adversaries, including online commenters, in harsh and personal terms and with deliberately insulting ad hominem language?

  2. Thanks so much, Paul, for your excellent question. Forgive me for not posting before now and for failing to write my follow up post with further details of our thinking. Here are some preliminary thoughts and I will be writing more soon. Respectfully aired views of illiberal positions are indeed much more in keeping with our conception of citizenship norms than disrespectful targeting of individual social conservatives designed to silence individuals. One important note is that, in the first example, homosexuals are arguably attacked as people (not their beliefs or policy positions), communicating the view that they are unworthy of respect and suggesting that they are second class citizens.

  3. Paul Horwitz says:

    I appreciate your response, and posted a comment yesterday, but it didn’t take. Let me say two things. First, in fairness, I should say my comment went a little further afield, since it talked about online speech in general and your post was specifically about what intermediaries ought to do. Second, I agree with your third sentence (without signing on to any stronger position about what is to be done about either kinds of speech). I would say about the last sentence, however, that it seems more complicated to me: it is at least possible to argue that homosexuality is wrong without excluding gays and lesbians from dialogue or arguing that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens. I could fully appreciate gays or lesbians (or others) viewing such a position as insufficient, but I don’t think such a view should be treated as being “bad citizenship,” as opposed to simply being a “wrong” opinion.

  4. Kaitlyn says:

    my teacher is making me make a power point but idk how???