Digital culture : blurred boundaries and ethical considerations

Light, BA ORCID: and Sawyer, S 2009, 'Digital culture : blurred boundaries and ethical considerations' , Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 7 (1) .

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (175kB) | Preview
[img] Microsoft Word - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (27kB) | Request a copy


The Weberian sense of work and life suggests that working is something around which the rest of life flows. Moreover, work life and domestic life have been defined as separate for most people based on physical structures. That is, being physically in a building at work limited your ability to interact with those who are not nearby — not part of work. As such, social conventions regarding the uses of media at work have become part of our cultural sensibilities — we ``know'' it is not proper to have romantic discourse over the office phone, much less romance during work! Doing so becomes news. Yet, despite the construction of such distinctions, these workspaces and places have always been difficult to render as such. For example, one might consider the relatively recent development of teleworking from the 1980s or the ``putting out system''1] which dates back to the 1400s — both requiring work in the home. The papers in this special issue draw our attention to some of the ethical issues raised by the growing pervasiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in our everyday lives and the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to make distinctions between being somewhere (like work) and being away from some things (like one's friends, social interests and other parts of life that are not integrated into this space or place 2 )...

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue Introduction
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1477-996X
Related URLs:
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Ben Light
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 14:26
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 17:56

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year