The Application of Ethics

When it comes to the world of academia, scholars, students, professors, researchers, and their audiences, all have differing views on what makes a source ethically sound. Thankfully, there are vetting processes that can ensure that copyright rules are protected and enforced as well as set ethical standards within the humanities.

But when it comes to the up and coming world of digital humanities, how are those paper rules determined or enforced digitally?

For myself, this is the question that I have to be mindful of as I move forward on researching and presenting my future project. I am hoping to focus on points of interest from the American Indian Movement and resistance art from the movement and changes in themes from the 1950s to the present. As I research and find information from this movement I will need to be mindful of who owns the materials and who to give credit to when I use a source. This is all a part of being an ethically conscious member of the digital humanities world.

But while I can strive to be ethical in my research and my presentation of my work, it is hard to ensure that all work in the digital world follows these guidelines. The amount of information that is available on the web is riddled with false information and information that may be true but there is no evidence shown that can prove it or that links it back to its original source. As users of digital platforms, we must all be aware of how we display our sources and ensure that the sources that we find on the internet are reliable and credible.

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  • Oh man, I would’ve LOVED to hear what you think about the story of the Black Confederates (another very important and culturally sensitive topic)! You’re of course right that sourcing our information is of course important, but ethical responsibility goes deeper right? If, when you explore secondary sources online and you discover falsehoods (perhaps even intentionally created), should you engage with them? What is your responsibility there? How do you even determine what is true or false? Your insights during class today were a good start and relying on a rigourous methodology of critical self-awareness, cross referencing, and relying on institutional vetting makes sense. Anything else?

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