Monday, 15 July 2013

Ethical Dilemmas- Irfan.

Hi I am Irfan and today I am presenting three ethical dilemmas. 

The first ethical dilemma I am choosing is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of claiming others work as ones own. It is essentially stealing. An example of plagiarism is if you are writing a research paper and you used another person’s data. This is wrong as you used their data without their permission without citing any sources. This is obviously a violation of the ethical standards. On the other hand, for example, if you sent a message to a friend on Facebook of an article from a web page, that is considered plagiarism too. But in this case, it is less severe than the previous scenario. So, is this right?

The next ethical dilemma i’m choosing is bias. Bias is choosing one side of the story and not revealing other points of views. This is wrong as journalists are only telling one side of the story. This will cause the audience to have a very narrow view of the issue and will not know the other side of the story. This is also bad as journalists could warp or manipulate the information so it is one sided. An example of this promoting a candidate for an election. A journalist could tell the good things in the article so to influence their audiences.

The last ethical dilemma is invasion of privacy. Invasion of privacy is exposing someone and looking for information from someone when clearly stated that he or she does not want to. This is not only illegal, it is also ethically wrong. An example of invasion of privacy is for example a person already told you to stop trying to find information because it might be confidential. But, you still pursue information through your own means. This os definitely wrong and should not be done.


  1. I don't think that sending a message to a friend about an article is called plagiarism, I think it's called sharing with your friend. I think that the other two dilemmas were well described.

  2. Although I do agree that biasness and invasion of privacy are correct, I feel that when you send an article to a friend of Facebook is not considered plagiarism. It may be considered sharing or giving information that they might need or want to know

  3. I agree with your examples for bias and invasion of privacy, however, I don't think sending an article via message is considered plagiarism, it is only when you spread to a lot of people then it would be considered plagiarism.