Internet Freedom Of Speech

Internet Freedom Of Speech

This week, we are looking deeper into the practice of communicating online. This term we have talked about the process of communication and ethical communication. Now we are going to apply these concepts to our online communication. This week we discuss the topic of freedom of speech and whether we should be allowed to say anything we want on the Internet.

This week you need to take a stance on this issue. But remember, you also need to practice ethical and responsible communication while doing so. You are being asked to decide which side of the regulation of the Internet issue you agree with and then support your choice with examples and sound reasoning.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Go to the COMM 1001 Library Course Guide link from the Week 5 Learning Resources area:
    • In the Week 5 tab, you will find search boxes for the Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcherlinks (on the right side for Opposing Viewpoints and on the left side for CQ Researcher).
    • There is a description of how to navigate each database. There is also a video link at the bottom of each section demonstrating how to use the CQ Researcher or Opposing Viewpoints databases.
    • Choose one of the databases and in the search box provided, type “Internet Freedom of Speech” and hit “Search” or “Go.”
    • A list of links to articles and websites will come up on either database. These articles will cover a variety of topics within the subject of “Internet Freedom of Speech.”
    • Choose one topic you find interesting that comes up in articles or websites on the list.
    • Find at least 2 articles, websites, etc. from the list that will help you support your arguments about that topic.
  • Review the document, “How to Build an Argument”
  • Review the document, “How to Apply Terms, Module 2”
  • Review the document, “Week 5 Discussion Rubric.” This will help you make sure you have included all requirements in your discussion assignment.

With these thoughts in mind, your assignment is to:

Post by Day 3 a 200- to 300-word analysis that addresses the following:

Some people believe that we should be able to post anything we want on the internet. Others believe the Internet should be highly regulated. Either way, we have an ethical responsibility when we communicate on the Internet.

  1. Choose one aspect of “Internet Freedom of Speech,” that came up in your research through the library, as an example and describe why the Internet should or should not be regulated in the case you chose.
    • Follow the three step process, explained in the “How to Build an Argument” document, when writing your opinion on the topic.
    • Include at least 2 ideas from the materials (articles, websites, etc.) you found during your library research to support your argument. Use the “How to Apply Terms, Module 2” document to help you do this.
  2. Think about the effects of posting in a public forum such as the Internet. Discuss what you believe your social responsibility is as a communicator who uses this communication channel. Do this by providing at least 2 guidelines you set for yourself when communicating online (such as when using social media, chat rooms, commenting on blogs) and explain why they are important.
  3. You have learned in this class the importance of how you communicate, being careful with the words you choose, and being civil when you communicate. Be sure to practice civility in your post and responses to classmates. Be respectful of other’s rights to their opinions and they in turn will be respectful to you.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources and something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.


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